651 Pine St
Martinez, CA 94553
SB 54, the California Values Act (signed into law in 2017) curtails use of state and local resources from engaging in deportations; and creates safe spaces at schools, health facilities, and court houses. A related law, the TRUTH Act (signed into law in 2016), requires that records related to ICE be considered public and that the governing body of any city or county in which a local law enforcement agency has provided ICE access hold at least one public community forum during the following year, to provide information publicly and to receive comments.
Through the advocacy efforts of the Contra Costa Immigrant Rights Alliance and others, the Board of Supervisors finally scheduled a TRUTH forum to ensure that our community can obtain information and ask questions about how our county works with ICE. The Forum will be on Tuesday July 24 at 2pm at the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 651 Pine Street, Room 107, Martinez. This will be the first TRUTH Forum in the state, and Sheriff David Livingston will be at the forum to answer questions from the Board of Supervisors and the community. Media reports indicate that Livingston has helped ICE organize ambushes of immigrants to help ICE arrest and deport immigrants – even permanent residents.
Given the many abuses that have been exposed under Sheriff Livingstonâ€™s watch, including ICE-related ones, the RPA and the Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition urge people to come out to this important Forum!