Dear Peralta Faculty,
The Peralta Federation of Teachers strongly denounces the recent decision by the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which could lead to as many as 800,000 young people being deported, including many students and educators. DACA is a successful federal program instituted 5 years ago by the Obama administration that shields young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age and attended high school in the United States from deportation. DACA has been a pathway to education and employment for 800,000 people in the U.S, and more than 240,000 in California. We applaud the State of California and the University of California for filing lawsuits against the Trump Administration for rescinding DACA and hope that PCCD will join them.
As community college faculty members, we are on the front lines of higher education. This means that we understand as well as anyone the danger our students now face; and as the instructors who make up the PFT, we are committed to ensuring that they do not face it alone.
What can we do?
Faculty can communicate with their students that people with DACA permits that expire on or before March 5, 2018, can file for renewals until October 5, 2017. No new renewals will be accepted after this date so when discussing this with your students, urge them to act now. (USCIS) will not accept renewals for applicants whose DACA expires after March 5, 2018 and after March 5, 2018 they will lose the ability to legally work in the United States when their permits expire.
Together, we can keep working toward educational opportunities for all students. We have seen moments like these in our history. Whether it is the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the Chinese Exclusion Act, or the Immigration Act of 1924– all of which took cruel, unnecessary, and ultimately violent stands against marginalized communities and families, they were also moments that produced massive resistance– this is our moment to do the same.
If you haven’t contacted your representative to pass the federal DREAM Act, please do so immediately using the AFTs e-action center.
Please inform your students of the resources available on their respective campuses that will guide them through these sometimes complicated processes, and of the resources available in their own communities that may be of further assistance.
California Federation of Teachers
American Federation of Teachers
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teach for Tolerance Program
National Education Association
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources
- 5 questions educators are asking about ICE raids and supporting immigrant youth
California School Board Association
- Students Impacted by Immigration Status
- Legal Guidance Providing All Children Equal Access to Education, Regardless of Immigration Status
United We Dream
- Here to Stay
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- What do I Need to Know About DACA
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals resources
National Immigration Law Center
Peralta Federation of Teachers
Dear Peralta Community,
The Peralta Federation of teachers has voted to endorse the Bay Area Rally Against Hate and to send out the attached statement quoted below. PFT leaders, members, and friends will be meeting Sunday morning to join the rally.
New PFT t-shirts are available at the PFT offices (or let me know that you are coming and I’ll bring you one)!
President, Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT 1603
As educators and union members, we stand for full human rights for all people, equity in the delivery of services and resources, respect for different cultures, ethnicities, spiritual traditions, genders and gender expressions, and commit to upholding these values in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in the larger community. We mourn the lives lost fighting for these values, both past and present.
The recent tragedy in Charlottesville underscores a larger trend of unapologetic white supremacy and bigotry that has escalated over the past months in the United States, and as a union representing workers charged with the responsibility of educating our community, we will not stand aside when our community is threatened. As faculty at colleges where many of our students face attacks as members of low-income communities, as people of color, women and LGBTQ folks, we can play an important role in the movement for equality and racial, economic and social justice.
The Peralta Federation of Teachers has publicly endorsed, and will participate in the Bay Area Rally Against Hate, this Sunday, Aug. 27 from 10:30am-12:30pm, in Berkeley. This event is in response to a Neo-Nazi, white supremacist march that will be occurring at the same time in a different part of the city. The rally is sponsored by Unite for Freedom from Right Wing Violence in the Bay Area and will be peaceful, with a wide range of participants, organizations, and labor unions that have also endorsed the event, including:
The Alameda County Labor Council
AFSCME 3299 (Berkeley Unit)
UAW Local 5810
If you are reading this message, we invite you to join your fellow union members in making a clear statement: that hatred and bigotry will not go unanswered. The organizers of this rally are developing a strong safety plan and trainings to ensure the security of those demonstrating against hate and PFT will be staying abreast of this and send out announcements when necessary.
Let’s start this semester on the good foot! Join us for a social with your Peralta colleagues during the week of August 28th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
MON., 8/28 (MERRITT): MONAGHAN’S, 2820 MOUNTAIN BLVD, OAKLAND, 94602
TUES., 8/29 (COA): OTAEZ, 1619 WEBSTER ST., ALAMEDA, 94501
WEDS., 8/30(LANEY): DRAKE’S DEALERSHIP, 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW, OAKLAND, 94612
THURS., 8/31 (BCC): EUREKA! 2068 CENTER ST., BERKELEY, 94704