Activism, Notes

Fall 2018 Activism Schedule

Fall Voter Registration and Activism

Our current activism schedule contains a bunch of events, like festivals and voter registration. As is stands, our schedule looks like this:

Start End Type Location City Organizer
9/15 9/15 Festival Day 1 Saint Bernard Church Tracy Na’ama Firestone
9/15 9/15 Tracy Mexican Independence Celebration Lincoln Park Tracy Na’ama Firestone
9/16 9/16 Festival Day 2 Saint Bernard Church Tracy Na’ama Firestone
9/22 9/22 Festival Day 1 Saint Stanislaus Church Modesto Na’ama Firestone
9/23 9/23 Festival Day 2 Saint Stanislaus Church Modesto Na’ama Firestone
9/22 9/23 Voter Reg Holy Family Modesto Bill Roth
9/30 9/30 Festival Saint Frances of Rome Riverbank Na’ama Firestone
10/6 10/6 Festival Day 1 Saint Jude’s Ceres Na’ama Firestone
10/7 10/7 Festival Day 2 Saint Jude’s Ceres Na’ama Firestone
10/22 Same Deadline Last day to Register to Vote
11/5 Same Monday before elections day GOTV D10 All Bill Roth
11/6 Same Election Day GOTV D10 All Bill Roth


The festival program is being run by Na’ama Firestone. She writes:

Here is a unique and exciting opportunity to engage Latino voters in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties which comprise California’s Congressional District 10.
I am blessed to have made a connection with Father Misael, and through Father Misael, a connection to other Catholic priests who are committed to encouraging their congregants to vote and vote for candidates who will protect immigrants and their families, protect affordable health care to all, and support a tax code that works for working people.  
Through this connection, during the month of September and early October we will have the opportunity to engage thousands of Latino Catholics, registering them to vote and supporting them to cast their votes in the upcoming election. 
I am hoping that through you and the Grupo de Solidaridad community we will be able to recruit volunteers to engage voters in large community church festivals held by each of the churches in September and October.  
We need everybody, but Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed. 
Here is how it’ll work:
Each of the Catholic churches holds a huge community festival in the Fall, drawing the majority of its congregants, neighbors and community members.
These (mostly) weekend-long festivals each draw thousands of people.
With the priests’ blessing (literally), festival-goers will be encouraged to register to vote and provide us with their contact info. It’s like canvassing, but better: our target population will all gather in one place and will be encouraged to connect with us…
Sept. 15 and 16, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Tracy
Sept. 22 and 23, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Modesto
Sept. 30, St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church, Riverbank
Oct. 6, Oct. 7, St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Ceres

Times:  The festivals run all day, both Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm.  

Volunteers can sign up for the whole day or opt for a half day shift:
Option 1: 
All day; 9:30-5:00 
Option 2:
Shift 1: 9:30am -1:30pm

Shift 2: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

What we will do:  
— a brief training at the start of each shift
— we will all wear vests or buttons identifying ourselves as voter registration volunteers
— some of us will “person” a booth, helping potential voters fill out voter registration forms
— others will mingle in the crowd, engaging people, getting their contact info to help them fill out their voter ballots in the coming weeks
— for the events in late September and October, we will also have voter guides, helping people sort out the issues and candidates, to make voting easy

Please let me know if I can count you in. Volunteers can email me directly and let me know the following:

– date and time(s) they want to volunteer
– their cell phone number
– whether they speak Spanish.  
Once we have our volunteer teams, we’ll figure out carpools and all of the other logistics. 
Please contact her if you are interested

Voter Registration

I’ll be leading voter registration to churches. Let me know if you are interested. Email me here.

Get Out The Vote

One of the core things you can to do help people to vote is to drive them to the polls. If you are interested in this, email me.
Activism, Español

Families Belong Together Rally 6/14 6pm

There is a rally this Thursday at 6pm at San Jose City Hall. Please joins us to oppose the cruel, inhuman, and unjustified separation of children from their families along the US border and other points of entry.

Families Belong Together opposes the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S. We protest the conditions in which these children are kept. We protest the irreversible trauma that has already been perpetrated on these children and their parents for the crime of seeking a better life.

To separate immigrant families, victims of violence, hunger and poverty, is to re-violate them. Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mother’s arms by the U.S. government. This is violent abuse. These families are victimized again by the government to which they turn for help. Families Belong Together opposes the inhumane policies of the Trump Administration, Border Patrol, and I.C.E. and calls for immediate reform.

Please join us here, or request an invite.

Familias Unidas, No Divididas rechaza la separación cruel, inhumana e injustificada de niños de sus padres a lo largo de la frontera de los Estados Unidos con México y en otros puertos de entrada a los EE. UU. Protestamos por las condiciones en las que se mantienen a estos niños. Protestamos contra el trauma irreversible que ya se ha perpetrado contra estos niños y sus padres por el delito de buscar una vida mejor.

Separar a las familias inmigrantes, familias víctima de la violencia, el hambre y la pobreza es volver a violentarlas. El gobierno de los Estados Unidos separa a niños de tan solo 18 meses de los brazos de sus madres. Esto es abuso. Estas familias son nuevamente victimizadas por el gobierno al que acuden en busca de ayuda. Familias Unidas, No Divididas se opone a las políticas inhumanas de la administración de Donald Trump, Protección Fronteriza y I.C.E. y pide una reforma inmediata.



Voter Registration this week


This week we’re doing our final voter registration effort before the Mail-In Ballots are sent out.  And this week we’re at the largest Spanish Speaking church in the diocese, St. Jude’s in Ceres:

There are a bunch of masses. See the list below:

5:00 pm (English)
6:30 pm (Spanish)
6:30 am (Spanish)
8:00 am (English)
9:30 am (Spanish)
11:00 am (Spanish)
12:30 pm (English)
2:00 pm (Spanish)
6:30 pm (Spanish)


Please reply to Lucia and I and let us know your availability for this very important weekend.


PS: Thanks for a great job last weekend!



Voter Registration May 5-6

Our voter registration efforts continue this weekend. We have one more week after this before the mail in ballots drop mid-may. If you know folks who want to help us, go to the Voter Registration Signup page.

We’re at the following Churches this weekend:

  1. Holy Family Modesto,
  2. St. Anthony’s Hughson,



Voter Registration for April 28-29

Our voter registration efforts continue. As you know we’ve been doing Voter Registration Signup for a couple of weeks. Last week, we were in Riverbank and Turlock, and had a small measure of success. Pictures here.

This week, we’re at the following Churches in District 10:

  1.  St Stanislaus,
  2. St. Mary’s Oakdale:

Here’s the list of upcoming churches:

May 4-5

  1. Holy Family Modesto,
  2. St. Anthony’s Hughson,

May 11-12

  1. St. Jude’s. TBD