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ICE raids to begin in LA on Sunday: know your rights and resources

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Los Angeles is among 10 cities targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an operation ordered by President Donald Trump to arrest at least 2,000 undocumented immigrants with final orders of deportation. The multiple-day operation is expected to begin early Sunday morning and is also expected to include “collateral” deportations, The New York Times reported, meaning people who were not targets of the raid but are there when the raids happen.

Immigrant advocates say it is important to think ahead, plan, and know your rights and contact a reliable immigration attorney. Immigration Advocates Network has a website with 12 languages to help you find one in your area.

“We have the constitutional right to maintain silence. (But) when ICE arrives…people start to talk,” Luis Aleman, project coordinator at the Orange County Labor Federation, said at a recent church forum sponsored by the Orange County Congregation Community Organization. “The most important thing is to maintain silence.”

It is also critical not sign anything without first talking with an immigration attorney. “A lot of people are handed a paper, told ‘Sign this and I’ll help you.’ And people sign it. And what have we signed? Our own deportation order,” Aleman said.

There are several organizations that provide extensive help and resources. United We Dream has an app called Notifica to notify your Deportation Defense Network to plan, learn, act if you’re at risk for deportation.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center helps immigrants create a family preparedness plan.

It is important to write down and have easy access to emergency numbers and medical information for all family members, including pets in case a neighbor or stranger comes to help. There must also be power of attorney to make health and/or business decisions, or some other form of documentation from a care provider (mother, father, grandparents) authorizing the temporary caregiver to take care of children or pets in the event of family separation or the adults are deported.

LA Cooperative also has a list of resources to help find an immigration attorney and other issues.

And Inquisitr explains what ICE raids are, how to prepare and what to expect if targeted.

It is also advisable to carry a “know your rights” card. Remember ICE agents are law enforcement – they are cops – so expected to be treated as police treat citizens and in turn, respond respectfully to avoid any compounding of issues. That also means you have a right to remain silent and ask to speak with a reliable lawyer, whose name and number you can provide.

LA Cooperative also advises:

If you have an “alien registration number” (a unique 7, 8 or 9 digit number assigned to a noncitizen at the time he or she files that begins with an “A,” followed by a unique set of numbers), you should keep that on you at all times as well. Keep a copy of all this information at home so that your family members know where to find it.

…if police or immigration officials come to your home?

If this happens, do not immediately open the door. Opening the door can be considered giving the officer “consent” to enter. Ask the officer if they have a warrant. A warrant is a paper signed by a judge giving the officer permission to enter your home. The warrant will specify what areas of your home they are allowed to search. If the officer has a warrant, ask them to slip it under the door. Only then should you let them in. Make sure you observe whether the official searches any areas that were not listed in the warrant. If they take any property, make sure you get a receipt. Keep track of what the officer did. Being aware of what they are doing will help you stay prepared.

…if police or immigration officials stop you on the street?

If the police or an immigration official stops you on the street and does not have a warrant, they cannot arrest you without evidence that you are a non-citizen. Remember that you have the right to remain silent and to refuse a search. Do not say anything about your immigration status or where you were born. If you have valid immigration documents, show them. Above all, do not lie and do not show any false documents. Ask the officer, “Am I free to leave?” If the officer says yes, walk away (don’t run). If the officer says no, continue to answer each question by stating that you want to talk to a lawyer.

…if police or immigration officials come to your workplace?

Immigration must have a warrant signed by a judge, or your employer’s permission, to enter your workplace. If you work in a public place, immigration does not need a warrant. If police or immigration officials come to your workplace, stay calm and do not run. If you are questioned or detained, follow the instructions above.”

The LA-based [email protected] Coalition has been on top of trans immigration and asylum issues for a longtime.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center notes that there are special circumstances for LGBT people seeking asylum:

“Asylum for Those Who Fear Returning to Their Home Country – Protections for those fleeing their home countries due to persecution (abuse, threats or other serious harm) are rooted in federal law and international treaties. Given this, it will be difficult for the Trump Presidential Administration to change this area of the law. People with refugee and asylum status are eligible to apply for a green card in the United States and eventually U.S. citizenship. Asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identify from countries where LGBTQ individuals are targeted for abuse or lack legal protections have been successful. Those who have fled persecution or fear being persecuted if they return to their home country but have not yet applied for protection should consult with a qualified legal service provider. Asylum applications should be submitted within one year of arriving in the United States, although there are some exceptions to that requirement. Even if you decide together with a legal representative to not apply for asylum, if you are ever detained by immigration authorities or required to appear before an immigration judge, you should express any fear you have of returning to your country of origin.”

In my extensive interview with Rep. Judy Chu about her trip to Texas  to visit detention centers housing migrant children, the longtime LGBT ally said she is very concerned trans women of color being held in ICE detention.

“I want to make sure that everybody is safe and treated humanely in the detention centers, including trans people. I know that they are the most vulnerable and it just saddens and angers me to see how Miss Leon was treated,” Chu says. “The LGBT community has to be concerned about this, especially with regard to the treatment of transgender people.”

Chu said anyone concerned about these issues should contact her district offices in Claremont (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 909-625-5394) or Pasadena (626-304-0110).

It is important to remember that while ICE agents may act as if everyone within eyeshot is a criminal, there are many people who sincerely care about the humanity of migrants and undocumented immigrants in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LA County Parks after Dark program celebrates 50th anniversary of Title IX

Parks & Rec offers sport opportunities for girls in flag football, soccer, softball, basketball, lacrosse, cheerleading and volleyball

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LOS ANGELES – On Thursday, June 23, 2022, 34 participating Parks After Dark (PAD) parks will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX with a highly anticipated girls’ sports clinic and showcase starting at 6:00 p.m.

More than 1,800 girls, ages 5 to 18 will have the opportunity to learn skills and techniques from various sports such as soccer, lacrosse, softball, basketball and cheerleading. Sports will vary at each park.

In 1972, Title IX, the civil rights legislation that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other college sports was passed into law to provide equal opportunity, scholarships and participation for girls in sports. In 2022, the department of Parks and Recreation is striving to offer girls sports County-wide to support the vision of Title IX and aiming for gender equity across all sports programs.

“The department’s goal is to provide a safe space dedicated for girls to play, increase opportunities for women coaches and administrators and to provide a positive experience while participating in sports,” says Regina Bradley, LA County Parks and Recreation Sports Manager.

The department currently offers sport opportunities for girls in flag football, soccer, softball, basketball, lacrosse, cheerleading and volleyball.

Parks After Dark is an award-winning program designed to bring communities together by filling park spaces with family-centered activities that transform local parks into summer safe havens. This summer’s program lineup will feature an array of girls’ sports programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which paved the way to gender equity for girl’s participation in sports.

The L.A. County Parks after Dark program is possible thanks to the generosity of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors – First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Second District Supervisor and Board Chair Holly J. Mitchell, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn and Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger – L.A. County Chief Executive Office, L.A. County Department of Public Social Services, L.A. County Probation Department and many community-based organizations throughout L.A. County.

“Now more than ever, L.A. County families need park spaces to heal from the trauma brought on by COVID-19 combined with the financial stress many people are facing,” L.A. County Parks Executive Director Norma Edith García-González said. “Parks after Dark eliminates barriers to recreational opportunities and introduces families to no cost enriching experiences that promote mental and physical health through fun and games.”

Parks After Dark, launched in 2010, has proven to be a successful prevention and intervention program that provides multiple benefits to vulnerable communities,decreasing violence and crime, and increasing social cohesion and community well-being. In 2018, Parks After Dark was recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association, which presented L.A. County Parks and Recreation with its Best in Innovation award.

For more information on Parks After Dark, visit https://parks.lacounty.gov/PAD.

All PAD parks will host programs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00-10:00PM between June 16th and August 6th:

Jackie Robinson Park – 8773 E. Avenue R, Littlerock

Stephen Sorenson Park – 16801 E. Avenue P, Lake Los Angeles

George Lane Park – 5520 W. Ave L-8, Quartz Hill

Val Verde Community Regional Park – 30300 W. Arlington Rd., Val Verde

El Cariso Community Regional Park – 13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar

Loma Alta Park – 3330 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena

Pamela County Park – 2236 Goodall Ave., Duarte

Valleydale Park – 5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa

Charter Oak Park – 20261 E. Covina Blvd., Covina

San Angelo Park – 245 S. San Angelo Ave., La Puente

Bassett Park – 510 N. Vineland Ave., La Puente

Allen J. Martin Park – 14830 E. Giordano St., La Puente

Rimgrove Park – 747 N. Rimgrove Dr., La Puente

William Steinmetz Park – 1545 S, Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights

Amigo Park – 5700 S. Juarez Ave., Whittier

Sorenson Park – 11419 Rose Hedge Dr., Whittier

Adventure Park – 10130 S. Gunn Ave., Whittier

Amelia Mayberry Park – 13201 E. Meyer Rd., Whittier

City Terrace Park – 1126 N. Hazard Ave., East Los Angeles

Eugene A. Obregon Park – 4021 E. First St., Los Angeles

Belvedere Community Regional Park – 4914 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles

Ruben Salazar Park – 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles

Saybrook Park – 6250 E. Northside Dr., East Los Angeles

East Rancho Dominguez Park – 15116 S. Atlantic Ave., Compton

Mona Park – 2291 E. 121st St., Compton

Athens Park – 12603 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

Mary M. Bethune Park – 1244 E. 61st St., Los Angeles

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park – 905 E. El Segundo Blvd, Los Angeles

Helen Keller Park – 12521 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

Jesse Owens Community Regional Park – 9651 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles

Franklin D. Roosevelt Park – 7600 Graham Ave., Los Angeles

Ted Watkins Memorial Park – 1335 E. 103rd St., Los Angeles

Col. Leon H. Washington Park – 8908 S. Maie Ave., Los Angeles

George Washington Carver Park – 1400 E. 118th St., Los Angeles

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LA County Parks & Rec invites folks to Juneteenth at Jackie Robinson Park

FREE Performances, Guest Speaker Series, Games, Art Displays, Car Exhibits and So Much More this Saturday!

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LOS ANGELES – It’s Park Time L.A. County! LA County Parks and Recreation invites you to our Juneteenth celebration, on Saturday, June 18th from 10am to 10pm at Jackie Robinson Park (8773 E Avenue R Sun Village).

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States; specifically, when former slaves were finally freed in Galveston, Texas, two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Though long celebrated within the Black community, Juneteenth was formally made a federal holiday on June 17th, 2021.

The L.A. County Juneteenth Celebrations are possible thanks to the generosity of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors – First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Second District Supervisor and Board Chair Holly J. Mitchell, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger – and many community-based organizations throughout L.A. County.

Juneteenth at Jackie Robinson is hosted in partnership with local community organizations. This year’s activities include musical performances, speaker’s series, wellness activities, resource fairs, artist experiences, hands-on children’s activities, video game trucks and so much more.

For more information on Juneteenth celebrations, contact Delmy Villegas-Delgado, Recreation Manager at (626) 369-5141 or at [email protected]

Juneteenth at Jackie Robison is a FREE events with no registration required. Food available onsite at cost by local businesses and vendors.

Please join us at the following parks and celebrate Juneteenth with us this Saturday:

Jackie Robinson Park – 8773 E Avenue R Sun Village from 10 am to 10 pm

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Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation launches summer aquatics

Summer aquatics registration opens up Saturday, June 18 and programs start Monday, June 20, 2022- visit parks.lacounty.gov/aquatics

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LOS ANGELES – It’s Park Time L.A.! Beat the heat, get fit or learn to swim at L.A. County seasonal and year-round pools. There’s something for everyone including lap swim, novice teams, aqua aerobics too! Free Every Body Swims and other summer aquatics programs run from June 20 to August 20.

Register at reservations.lacounty.gov starting June 18. 

L.A. County’s five year-round pools operate Monday through Saturday from 6 am to 7 pm. The County’s twenty-three seasonal pools operate on two rotating schedules from 11 am to 7 pm. Pools on schedule 1 operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday and pools on schedule 2 operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

For more information on swim programs, visit parks.lacounty.gov/aquatics.

L.A. County’s Summer Aquatics programs are possible thanks to the generous support of the L.A. County Board of Supervisor First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis for her support in funding programming at Belvedere Pool, as well as the American Red Cross and LA84 Foundation for supporting scholarships. Visit your local pool to learn about more information on scholarships. 

Looking for more places to cool off in the evening? Attend evening swim at one of our 18 Parks After Dark (PAD) locations from 6 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Find a PAD swim site by visiting parks.lacounty.gov/pad.   

L.A. County also has 18 splash pads to cool off in that operate from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Sunday through September 30.

To find a splash pad near you, visit parks.lacounty.gov/aquatics

For more information on L.A. County’s aquatics programs, contact:

 [email protected]

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