In May of 2018, Richmond became the first city in the country to prevent municipal contracts with companies that sell data to ICE. Now it is Berkeley’s turn as we try to build a region-wide resistance that will change the business decisions of companies. Using public money to subsidize the high-tech hunting of immigrants is a choice and we can make another, better choice here in Northern California. Sanctuary is not just a slogan.
The good news is that the contracting restriction is, currently, on the consent calender and we hope that means no opposition and a quick vote of approval. And an early night. But assumptions make a fool out of everyone, so community members speaking in support is important and we need to be prepared for a lengthier process in case one ensues.