Ammiano unveils details of “TRUST Act 2.0”

 as hundreds take to streets in LA


 First-in-the-nation proposal seeks to rebuild community trust in local police,

Damaged by disgraced "S-Comm" deportation program


February 23, 2012 – As hundreds of day laborers and advocates from across the country marched in Los Angeles Wednesday evening to protest the devastating impact of the so-called “Secure” Communities or S-Comm deportation program, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF) publicly unveiled the details of a bill to reform California’s participation in the troubled program.


The announcement came in the wake of troubling revelations earlier this month that S-Comm made parents of Miramonte students in Los Angeles too fearful of deportation to contact law enforcement authorities to report their own children’s abuse,


The new incarnation of the TRUST Act, which captured national attention last year, seeks to restore community trust in law enforcement and ease S-Comm’s unfair burden on local governments, who are pressured to hold for extra time even survivors of domestic violence for deportation.

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Who:  Over 200 Immigrant rights leaders and day laborers from across the country, including key leaders from Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia
What:  Rally and March in Downtown Los Angeles to protest Sheriff Baca's immigration enforcement policy and to support California TRUST ACT
When:  5 pm rally & beginning of march.  7 pm, rally at end of march.
Why:   One day after their historic victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, day laborers and migrant rights leaders from throughout the country will march to demand that Sheriff Baca end his support of the dangerous "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) program.   Members of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network who have led successful effort to end the 287(g) program will bring attention to Sheriff Baca's continued support for SCOMM despite its obvious failures and mission drift.    In coordination with Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D- San Francisco), 200 people will rally at the County Board of Supervisors and March to the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Detention Center to protest SCOMM and to support the historic TRUST ACT, which would repair California's involvement in Secure Communities. 
The Miramonte scandal is a deeply tragic example of the reasons S-Comm has faced unrelenting criticism from local officials and community leaders for undermining public safety and functioning without transparency or local oversight. A steady stream of disturbing revelations in recent months – including the mistaken detention of US Citizens in Los Angeles and elsewhere – has underscored the Department of Homeland Security’s continued failure to repair the deeply troubled program.
"Today, we will honor those who have fought vigorously for our civil rights in places like Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, and elsewhere by rallying in Los Angeles to stop the 'Arizonification'  of our state," says Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network."  He continued, "Sheriff Baca's support of SCOMM has been misguided, and today we will invite him to support legislation that will help legalize immigrants from the bottom-up."   
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             Chris Newman, 
Day Laborers to Debate Future While All Await Word from 
Supreme Court Decision Whether or Not to Hear Case of Redondo Beach Day Laborers
President Trumka of the AFL-CIO and Tavis Smiley to Address Day Laborer Convention

02.21.2012 Los Angeles, CA.
Today will mark a historic day for day laborers as the President of the AFL-CIO and Tavis Smiley address the 6th national assembly of day laborers in Los Angeles.  2012 marks the sixth year of a historic partnership signed between the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the AFL-CIO to jointly achieve workers' rights and accomplish new protections for workers. In addition to the keynotes, day laborers will hold a town hall to debate the future of the migrant rights movement and culminate the day with a night of cultural performances including a concert by Los Jornaleros del Norte.

At the same time of the national assembly, the Supreme Court may decide whether or not to hear the case of Redondo Beach day laborers who have successfully sued that municipality for violation of their first amendment rights. Day laborers will be awaiting to hear the results of the Court's decision as the determine the future direction of their efforts.

"When we defend the rights of day laborers, we defend the rights of all," explains Pablo Alvarado, director of NDLON. "In the highest court of the nation we will protect the first amendment and expand its definition for everyone. Hundreds of humble workers have gathered in this assembly to challenge the politics of hate and put this entire country on the road to justice."

9:00am President Trumka of the AFL-CIO
9:30am Tavis Smiley, TV Host and Author
2:30pm Jerome Scott

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"On the Road to Justice, Ni un Paso Atrás  (Not One Step Back)"

Day Laborers From  Across Nation Arrive in Los Angeles to discuss future  -
Multiple media opportunities, including "
A Better Life" screening w/ Chris Weitz

What: Sixth National Assembly of Day Laborers convened by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network

When: February 19 - February 23rd, 2012

Where: Sheraton Downtown, 711 S. Hope St. Los Angeles, CA. 90017

Tonight: Director Chris Weitz and Actor Jose Julian to screen the Oscar-recognized film, A Better Life with day laborer audience.

View the Assembly Program Here

(02.20.2012 Los Angeles, CA) Hundreds of immigrant day laborers from 15 different states arrived in Los Angeles last night for the 10th anniversary of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, a national federation of 43 organizations working to advance the rights of immigrant workers.

Tom Saenz, President of MALDEF, will give the opening keynote this morning at 9:00am.  Throughout the assembly, day laborers from across the country will gather to take stock of their accomplishments from the past two years; fighting against Arizona and Georgia's anti-immigrant laws, leading the charge against the dangerous "Secure Communities" deportation program, expanding efforts to end wage theft and unsafe workplaces, among other things.  During the summit  in Los Angeles, day laborers will reflect upon the challenges ahead and set forth an affirmative agenda for the coming year.

This will be the first time the assembly is held in Los Angeles, home to the largest population of day laborers and the longest-running workers' centers in the country. 

“Like all migrants, day laborers have been under seige in recent years,” explains NDLON Director Pablo Alvarado. “Yet, when day laborers defend against attacks on our rights and our dignity, we advance the rights for all people in the United States.  This year we will be far more assertive in our efforts to advance the rights of working migrants, and our assembly will create a roadmap for our collective work.”

The first day will close with a screening of the Oscar-recognized film A Better Life where Demian Bichir portrays a Los Angeles day laborer striving to provide for his son, played by Jose Julian.  Julian and Director Chris Weitz will be in attendance for a post-film discussion with day laborers themselves. 

Commenting on the film, Marco Loera explains, “At a time when today's public discussion about immigrant families has become filled with toxic scapegoating, movies like A Better Life are more important than ever. Chris Weitz's film offers a fresh way to change the conversation and stop the hate. The movie rises above the scapegoating and shows a family struggling to make it, something we all can relate to. The fact that Demian Bichir is nominated for best actor should make politicians think twice. Those who have gone as unsung heroes in our communities for years may now be getting their rightful praise on the silver screen. And with it, an audience of Americans who are ready to embrace and not attack immigrant workers.”

Various media events are planned throughout the weeklong convention.  


View the Assembly Program Here

Conference Media Events

 Monday 2/20


Opening Keynote: Tom Saenz, President of MALDEF


Keynote: Raymond Pocino, LIUNA


Screening of Oscar-recognized, A Better Life, with director Chris Weitz and actor Jose Julian


Tuesday 2/21


Keynote: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka


Keynote: Tavis Smiley, Television Host and Author


Cultural Night and Concert by Los Jornaleros del Norte


Wednesday 2/22


Keynote: Maria Elena Durazo, Secretary Treasurer LA AFL-CIO

5:00 – 7:00pm

Rally Against Sheriff Baca’s Secure Communities Deportation Program at County Board of Supervisors and March to Federal Building


Thursday 2/23


Keynote: Kent Wong, UCLA


NDLON's mission is to strengthen and expand the work of local day laborer organizing groups, in order to become more effective and strategic in building leadership, advancing low-wage worker and immigrant rights, and developing successful models for organizing immigrant contingent/temporary workers.  NDLON fosters healthy, safer and more humane environments for day laborers to obtain employment and raise their families. In this sense, NDLON advances the human, labor, and civil rights of day workers throughout the United States.




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On the Road to Justice, Ni un Paso Atras (Not One Step Backward)
Historic National Assembly of Day Laborers Begins Sunday
in Los Angeles

What: Sixth National Assembly of Day Laborers convened by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network
When: February 19 - February 23rd, 2012
Where: Sheraton Downtown, 711 S. Hope St. Los Angeles, CA. 90017
View the Assembly Program Here