Dear AFT Guild Members,
In response to the current threats to our immigrant students and their communities, as well as communities of color in general, your AFT Guild is forming an Immigrant Student Support Committee that is advocating for clear policies and dedicated support structures from both Districts for immigrant students and their families. The committee will be chaired by Enrique Dávalos (Professor of Chicana/o Studies at City College), Yvonne Schmeltz (classified staff at City College); and Juanita López and Cassandra Morales (City College students). Some of the initial goals of the committee will include:
- Creating a center for undocumented students and all immigrant students to get information, support, and advice.
- Advocating for clear District policies regarding not collaborating with ICE.
- Participating in a county coalition of organizations interested in supporting the immigrant community in San Diego County.
- Collaborating with our CFT statewide affiliate and the California Legislature to create a statewide plan to protect undocumented and immigrant students.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send me a brief statement of interest describing why you would like to serve on this committee no later than Tuesday, February 21st.
Jim Mahler, President
AFT Guild, Local 1931
“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.”