I think it is an adequate time for us, the residents of Alameda, both new and old, to have a fireside talk. As any well-informed Island resident knows via the news, an increasing number of cities in the state are opting out of SB54, the state bill that makes California a “sanctuary” state. Cities include Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Aliso Viejo, Los Alamitos, Orange, San Juan Capistrano and Yorba Linda.
At a town hall meeting Monday night, Alameda residents took another step in attempting to create an even more compassionate and inclusive community and country. The event, held at Rhythmix Cultural Works, organized by representatives from Alameda for Black Lives, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Alameda All Faith Coalition, Islamic Center of Alameda, Alameda Comes Together and other community members, featured a presentation from the American Civil Liberties of Northern California and words from local officials.
Both the City of Alameda and the Alameda Board of Education expressed their commitment to declare the city and its schools a safe haven for individuals regardless of their national origin at respective meetings earlier this month.