By Cinthya Muñoz Immigrant Rights Organizer & Maria Poblet, Executive Director
October 1 was a historic moment for all who were awaiting Governor Brown’s decision on the Trust Act. Historic in that the sitting so-called “progressive” governor of California vetoed several bills that would have uplifted, improved and made safe the lives of the immigrant majority, people of color, and working-class people — the 99% — in California
We are deeply disappointed in the governor’s veto of SB1081 as well as the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the Farm Worker Protection Bill, and the UC Workers Bill — bills that would have chipped away at the injustices and indignities suffered every day, and all grassroots bills in support of the immigrant majority, people of color, working class people – the 99% in CA.
“Our fight did not start with this important piece of legislation, and it will not end with the veto. We are much stronger, more organized, and more driven, and we will work to put an end to S-Comm.”
Already, 80,000 CA residents have been deported thanks to the agreement Gov. Brown signed with ICE when he was Attorney General, and now he has ensured thousands more families will be torn apart by ICE and the racist S-Comm program. He has chosen a legacy of enabling the separation of families. Meanwhile, the gap between rich and poor in our country has reached an all-time high. Which begs the question: Who does Jerry Brown work for?
Our fight did not start with this important piece of legislation, and it will not end with the veto. We are much stronger, more organized, and more driven, and we will work to put an end to S-Comm.
This heavy loss reminds us how much work we have before us to build power in oppressed communities, build alliances, and build a long-term movement for systemic anti-racist change. And, we are reminded of our vision for movement building that is much deeper than any electoral cycle: In every barrio, on every block, organize!
Our communities, our families belong together. And we will make sure it is so.