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Volunteer monitors needed: Flores interviews with immigrant minors detained at Texas Border Patrol facilities

The California Federation of Interpreters Local 39000 CWA-TNG often gets requests of this nature, and this is an opportunity to give our members a chance to support social justice causes – we believe that linguistic access to the justice system is a basic human right, and this is the only path to make the motto “equal treatment under the law” meaningful.

The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a respected justice partner with whom our Local can collaborate. Our hope is that our members respond to the volunteer and donation information and help in the areas where the Center is attempting to provide legal services to detained immigrant children being held in squalid conditions. (El Paso & Río Grande Valley, Texas)

Being part of a Union means being a key element in the community for improving working and social conditions wherein we live and work; volunteerism for social justice is a one of the legs of the CWA Triangle; I have done some pro bono written translations for social justice agencies in California, and from what I’ve seen, this situation could easily be called the Dachau of our times.

Local 39000 stands ready to begin to participate in Social Justice … it’s what we do every day in the courts. This Local encourages all its members to go forth and see how  we can be of service to the greater whole of communities and society in which we live.

All my best, in solidarity

Michael Ferreira, President

Please forward to colleagues who may be interested.
Dear volunteer lawyers, doctors, paralegals, and interpreters,
We have a motion pending regarding the treatment of detained minors in the RGV and El Paso Sectors. The motion is now in court ordered mediation with a further mediation scheduled for September 11, 2019. We would like a small number of volunteer monitors to interview class members at CBP facilities in the RGV and El Paso Sectors onSeptember 05-06, 2019. We are writing to invite interested lawyers, doctors, paralegals, and interpreters to participate on one or both days at either of the CBP sectors. The purpose of these monitoring visits is solely to gather updated information regarding CBP's compliance with the terms of the Flores settlement that require the humane treatment and prompt processing of minors in border patrol custody. To volunteer, please register or sign in to reunify.org, where you can select the dates you wish to participate.
We'd like monitors to visit McAllen/Ursula, Weslaco and Brownsville in the RGV Sector and the El Paso Station, Clint, and Santa Theresa in the El Paso Sector. You may volunteer to interview class members on September 5 or 6, 2019, or on both days, and in either the El Paso or RGV Sectors.

 

Please log in or sign up at reunify.org to register to volunteer for an upcoming detention site inspection. Those wishing to participate in site visits must upload, unless they have already done so for previous visits, the following documentation:
  1. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a government issued photo ID - you must upload this at the “Upload ID and Consent” tab. 
  2. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a signed ICE Code of Conduct form - you must upload this on the “Upload ID and Consent” tab. (New form required for all participants regardless of previous participation)
  3. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of your State Bar Membership Card (required only for attorneys).
  4. A PDF or JPEG scanned copy of a medical license or other certificate (required only for doctors and child welfare experts)
In addition to registering at the web site, please also email me the days and locations you wish to interview class members and attach copies of the documents mentioned above that you upload to the website.
We will promptly email those who respond to let you know if you have been selected to join a visit this time around, provide an interview form, and schedule an orientation conference call probably Tuesday next week.
If you cannot volunteer, please go to the website and make a donation to support the work of defending detained children from relentless attacks by this Administration.
Please feel free to forward this email to others who may want to support the ongoing efforts aimed at protecting the rights of detained children and securing their release from federal custody as promptly as possible.
Thank you.
Peter Schey
President
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
 

Support your Southern California colleagues

as they fight for professional wages and language access!

                                                                                                                                                                     (In Orange County – June 2019)
Dear CFI members all over California,

Region 4 courts (covering San Diego, Imperial Valley, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Inyo counties) want the unfettered ability to use Video Remote Interpreting without safeguards and refuse to provide employee interpreters a long overdue significant raise to cover rising pension contributions and cost of living. 

The courts are still refusing to add “court location” in the agreement when it comes to VRI. Why? We believe it’s because they are planning to have interpreters work from remote locations such as someone’s home, hotel … We just don’t know how far “remote” will be. 

Courts also claim they want to reward interpreters for doing VRI and are offering us a 25% stipend that we have rejected several times, but they won’t monetize even a small percentage of that stipend into wages for all. We don’t think it’s fair. More importantly, we don’t think it is good for the present — and the future— of our profession. 

We’re rallying again at noon on Tuesday, September 3, the day before our bargaining committee goes into mediation. Even if you can’t be there with us, you can show that you stand with us by:

  • Wearing red 
  • Posting letters/signs of support for your CFI Region 4 colleagues
  • Sending pictures to [email protected]or simply replying to this email and attaching your pics so we can post on line.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

We need you and the rest of the regions!

Our campaign flier:

 

Steward Training

Last August 17th the Local trained a total of eleven stewards, eight of whom were new or returning stewards who had been inactive for some time. Their names and Courts follow:
 
Region 4:
Tania King – Riverside
Nancy Wilson – San Bernardino
Diana Lopez – Imperial
Alejandro Gonzalez – Riverside
Gemma Yosick – San Diego
Silvia San Martin – San Diego
 
Region 1:
Roberto Villalta – Los Angeles
Victoria Rea – Los Angeles
Francisca Valencia – Los Angeles
Lucilla Ritterstein – Santa Barbara

Unfortunately, there were no attendees from Orange County. If you know of anyone who wishes to be trained as a steward in counties of Orange, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, please let the Local know. We will set up an event.
 
There are plans for more trainings in the future; the next round being in Northern California before the year’s end. Please contact the Local if you would like to attend steward training in Northern California. Additionally, there will be topic-specific trainings given by our retained law firm subsequent to the initial steward workshop.
 
All of the new and returning stewards were presented for approval to the Local’s Board on August 27th and were approved. It should be noted that Roxana Cardenas (Los Angeles) was also reinstated, having previously been an active long-time steward for Region 1. We are building our front line of defense for our members’ labor rights and the MOU!
 

 

As members in a profession who are deeply dedicated toward breaking down barriers, linguistic and others, this is a call from our Union to help stamp out racism and bigotry in our country. The Local encourages you to participate in the petition; additionally, we encourage you to participate in the TNG-CWA’s social justice programs & committees.

 https://cwa-union.org/national-issues/human-rights

 https://cwa-union.org/national-issues/economic-justice-democracy

 https://cwa-union.org/national-issues/economic-justice-democracy/voting-rights

 

Our CWA brothers and sisters have asked our members for support on the legislative issues expanded on below. We should specifically see the benefit of controlling the offshoring and externalization of call centers, as there are indications that Video Remote Interpreting call centers are being set up several Spanish-speaking countries specifically to provide language services in the United States. By helping to protect our CWA colleagues’ jobs, we are most definitely protecting our own. We encourage you to help in this campaign, as outlined below.

Dear CWA Activist:

This legislative session our priorities have been supporting and trying to pass AB 1677 (Call Center bill) that we are sponsoring and AB 1066 (Unemployment Strike Benefit) that we are co-sponsoring. We are also opposing and trying to defeat AB 1366 (VOIP bill). I want to thank everyone of you that have taken action on our CWA Legislative priorities.

Many of you have shown up to numerous committee hearings and have sat for hours to be able to stand up at the mic to take a position. Others have sent emails and made calls.  While some of you have come to the Capitol to personally lobby your legislator and  others have gone to their legislator's District to lobby. Please know that whatever action you have taken towards our priorities, I am forever grateful and appreciate everything you have done. 

We are now headed towards the finish line and need all hands on deck to meet our goals. We need every single CWA member in California to send an email to their Senator. We should have thousands of you participating, because not only is it easy, it's important! We have drafted the email for you, so no worries about what you need to write.

SEND A LETTER →

 

Now is not the time to let up -- we must keep the emails coming to make sure our legislators know that CWA doesn't back down when it comes to standing up for our values! 

Please take a few minutes to write your State Senator and ask them to support AB 1677 and AB 1066 and to OPPOSE AB 1366! Click here to send a letter!

In solidarity and gratitude,

CWA District 9 Legislative and Political Team

CWA District 9

CA HI NV


District 9 North
2804 Gateway Oaks Dr. #150
Sacramento, CA 95833

District 9 South
12215 Telegraph Rd. #210
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

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