October Social Justice Organization: Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Immigration Project
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Principle Focus: “Acceptance of one another…”
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has selected the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP) as our beneficiary organization for the shared plate collection in October. SCCIP promotes the well-being of the immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley.
SCCIP’s mission is to promote the wellbeing of the immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. They accomplish this by helping immigrants acquire legal status, reuniting immigrant families, and making U.S. citizenship more accessible to eligible immigrants. They provide competent and professional legal services, advocacy, and community education and information.
Specific legal services include but are not limited to: citizenship applications and interview preparation, Deferred Action (DACA), adjustment of status cases, changes of address, USCIS and consular inquiries, applications for permanent residence, relative visa petitions, replacement/renewal of green cards and work permits, Temporary Protected Status, free income tax assistance (February through April), immigration consumer complaints, Border Patrol abuse monitoring, attorney referrals, workplace discrimination complaints, information on your rights as workers and residents, and more.
All of their services are free, although they do request donations from those receiving legal services. Interested individuals and families are welcome to call or stop by with questions or to make an appointment.
Click here for more information about SCCIP: http://cabinc.org/2017/04/21/santa-cruz-county-immigration-project-sccip/
Learn more about the challenges and issues of immigration
From September through November, Bookshop Santa Cruz is highlighting SCCIP as the third local nonprofit partner selected this year in its Words to Act On: Education, Empathy, Activism program. We encourage the congregation to take advantage of the activities and resources provided by Bookshop SC to deepen and enrich our understanding of the challenges facing immigrants and the issues involved in the immigration debate.
“Together as a community we can ensure that we are focusing on the issues that matter in a time that matters.” – From Bookshop SC Words to Act On webpage
Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project have compiled a list of some of the most accessible and influential books that create empathy and understanding around issues facing immigrant communities throughout the United States. You can find these books on display at Bookshop as well as online:
Adult reading list:
Kids’ reading list:
Books depicting the experiences of refugees and immigrants:
Upcoming events at Bookshop SC to explore the issue of immigration:
Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 PM
Allterra Solar will be hosting a community event featuring Ali Noorani discussing his new book There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration. Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and Salinas native, interviews nearly fifty local and national leaders from law enforcement, business, immigrant, and faith communities to go behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity.
Sunday, November 5th at 7:00 PM
Join Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Community Action Board Immigration Project in a dynamic discussion of our Fall community-wide read, Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. This Community Read Discussion will be moderated by Fernando Leiva, Associate Professor of Latin America and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Enrique’s Journey is the true story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, who sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child and go to the United States in search of work.