AROC is Hiring: Removal Defense Attorney & Community Self-Defense Coordinator

AROC is hiring for two positions:

2017 Community Self Defense Coordinator PDF]
2017 Removal Defense Attorney  [PDF]

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

REMOVAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

Position:     Full Time Immigration Attorney (Removal/Family-Based)
Salary:       $55,000-60,000 Depending on Experience
Benefits:    Excellent health benefits, (fiscal sponsor: Tides Center) BAR membership, malpractice insurance
Reports to: Executive Director

JOB SUMMARY

The Removal Defense Attorney will be responsible for providing immigration legal services to primarily Arab and Muslim clients through the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)’s legal services program, San Francisco’s first free or low-cost immigration service for the Arab community.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as legal resource to clients and community members;
  • Manage caseload;
  • Prepare applications and supporting documentation;
  • Interview clients and evaluate eligibility for immigration benefits;
  • Representation of clients before DHS and in Immigration Court;
  • Draft declarations, legal briefs, motions and pleadings;
  • Participate in the SFILEN network and corresponding meetings and events;
  • Represent poor or low income clients with the following: Removal defense in immigration court, affirmative asylum applications, credible fear interview, withholding and CAT through individual hearing, Bond Hearings, motion practice, cancellation of removal hearings, complex family based adjustment of status, occasional consular processing including for spouses and fiancée, NATZ Cases, waiver cases, occasional appeals and federal court challenges regarding immigration decisions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND QUALITIES

  • Minimum of one year experience working as an immigration attorney, with a strong preference for two or more years of experience;
  • Member in good standing of any state bar;
  • Must have excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Comfortable working without supervision and able to work as part of a team;
  • Experience with asylum, deportation defense, family-based petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, naturalization/citizenship, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), in addition to a broad knowledge of all immigration laws in order to effectively issue spot in consultations;
  • Ability to handle a high volume of cases;
  • Commitment to working with multi-racial coalitions;
  • Commitment to racial and economic justice, and immigrant rights; AROC’s vision, mission, strategies and role in the community;
  • Ability to make a two-year commitment.
  • Arabic speaking skills preferred but not mandatory.

SALARY AND BENEFITS INFORMATION:

AROC offers its employees an excellent benefits package through our fiscal sponsor, The Tides Center. This includes medical, dental and retirement plan contribution options, generous vacation leave, and sick time.

 TO APPLY:

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume, writing sample and list of references to legal@araborganizing.org with subject entitled “Job Application Removal Defense Attorney,” No calls please.

JOB DESCRIPTION

COMMUNITY SELF DEFENSE COORDINATOR

Position:      Full Time Community Self-Defense Coordinator
Salary:         $43-45,000
Benefits:     Excellent health benefits, (fiscal sponsor: Tides Center) insurance
Reports to: Executive Director

JOB SUMMARY:

The Community Self-Defense Coordinator will be responsible for developing and coordinating the Community Self-Defense, Know Your Rights and Rapid Response programs of the organization. This position will also provide specific support to AROC’s legal team via interpretation and translation, as needed.

General Duties and Responsibilities

COMMUNITY SELF-DEFENSE PROGRAMMING 

  • Develops and implements community outreach plans and goals specific to challenging discrimination, surveillance, and targeting of immigrants, Arabs and Muslims.
  • Ensures ongoing opportunities for members of the Arab and Muslim community to inform AROC’s work, and regularly connects Arab and Muslim communities to relevant immigration services.
  • Conducts regular one-on-ones and supervision with clients and members to gauge needs and experiences.
  • Maintains appropriate tracking of individuals and our efforts via organizational database.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS PROGRAM 

  • Develops relevant, accurate training and outreach materials for distribution, in both Arabic and English.
  • Develops and implements culturally responsible KYR trainings.
  • Trains new members to facilitate KYR and other topical anti-repression workshops.

ORGANIZATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITIES 

    • Coordinates the development and semi-annual evaluation of the project’s annual work plan.
    • Maintain documentation of workshops, trainings, meetings and outreach activities.
    • Participates in staff meetings, retreats and other generative spaces to coordinate with other staff on this program, including providing program updates and opportunities for collaboration.
    • Is regularly active, participating and contributing to political education and leadership development spaces.
    • Supporting our legal team with translations during our consultation days.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND EXPERTISE: 

      • Bilingual and biliterate in Arabic / English
      • Strong personal organization and communication skills.
      • Demonstrable commitment to social, racial and economic justice.
      • At least two years of experience in community organizing with communities of color (preferably low-income, immigrant, LGBTQ, or other oppressed communities).
      • Knowledge of Arab community history in the US, including conditions and community organizing.
      • Familiarity with the City and County of San Francisco and the surrounding region, including – local history, knowledge of various community organizations, political issues and players etc. strongly preferred
      • Basic computer skills – e.g. familiarity with Word, Excel and web browsers required and Google Calendar & Google Drive, graphic design programs preferred

 TO APPLY:

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume, and list of references to info@araborganizing.org with subject entitled “Job Application Community Self-Defense,” No calls please.

 

BACKGROUND
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns. The legal services are a program of AROC. The immigration legal program was started in 2007 in conjunction with the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network (SFILEN), a network of 13 multi-racial organizations working in outreach, organizing, education and legal services to provide comprehensive support to San Francisco’s immigrant communities.

 

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

2017 Arab Youth Institute

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REGISTER HERE

AROC is happy to announce that AYO will be having our youth summer institute this coming August! It is a week long program where youth will go through a series of workshops and community building. The objective of this program is so that youth can learn more about the Arab and Muslim community and also learn how to become organizers around issues they care about! Requirements for the youth is they must be Arab or Muslim and be from ages 14-22! The document to apply is linked below!

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Freedom to Stay, Freedom to Move, Freedom to Return, Freedom to Resist

May Day March 2017

May 1 Shut Trump Down

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Join us on May Day to march for immigrant and worker rights!
AROC will be marching in Oakland. Meet us at Fruitvale Plaza in Oakland in front of Reem’s at 3pm and March to San Antonio Park. 

Oakland
3 pm Rally at Fruitvale Plaza
(Fruitvale Bart Station)
3526 San Leandro St, Oakland, California 94601:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1239048449465541/

San Francisco
8 am Protest at ICE
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
630 Sansome St, San Francisco, California 94111

https://www.facebook.com/events/1810139889248547/

11 am rally and march starting at Justin Herman Plaza
Justin Herman Plaza
Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California 94111

https://www.facebook.com/events/1885901481694528/

San Jose
1 pm at Mexican Heritage Plaza : https://www.facebook.com/events/718470045001324/

Concord
4 pm gather at Meadow Homes Park
5 pm march
6 pm rally at Todos Santos Plaza

Santa Rosa
11 am at Santa Rosa Junior College Bertolini Hall

https://www.facebook.com/events/138858639980659/

For more resources on how to participate, posters and to find an event near you, visit May1.org and www.oaklandsinfronteras.wordpress.com

All Out to Berkeley City Council: Stop Urban Shield

ALL OUT TO BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL:

In an unprecedented move, the Berkeley City Council is considering fully withdrawing their support for local agency participation in the Urban Areas Security Initiative and Urban Shield. This meeting is critical for the fight against Urban Shield. A decision in favor of pulling out of Urban Shield by the Berkeley City Council paves the way for other cities in the Bay Area to do the same.

Date: Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00pm

Location:  Berkeley City Council  Berkeley City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way between Allston and Addison (near downtown Berkeley BART)

Look for more information in the coming days about calling Berkeley City Council members to urge them to support ending Urban Shield!

CALL IN DAYS: Tomorrow, April 20th and Monday, April 24th, Call Berkeley City Council and demand that they end police militarization. Here is sample call in language and contact info:

“Dear Councilperson _________,

I am writing to urge you and all Berkeley City Council members to take leadership in putting an end to Berkeley’s engagement with the militarization of police and disaster preparedness represented by the annual Urban Shield exercises and weapons expo, funded by DHS through the Urban Areas Security Initiative. Urban Shield’s emphasis on SWAT teams as the response to emergencies – including natural disasters – as well as the extremely militarized scenarios, diminishes resources for responding to the ordinary emergencies community members face every day. Berkeley should not be participating in war games funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which involve not only nine Bay Area counties, but teams from around the United States.That is why I ask you to exercise your leadership and reject any future funding from UASI, Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield, and to stand with Alameda County communities, and people across the country.

Regards,

_______

CONTACT INFO FOR BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
District 1/Linda Miao/(510) 981-7110/  lmaio@cityofberkeley.info /
District 2/Cheryl Davila/ (510) 981-7120/ cdavila@cityofberkeley.info
District 3/  Ben Bartlett/ (510) 981-7130/  bbartlett@CityofBerkeley.info
District 4/ Kate Harrison / (510) 981-7140 /  kharrison@CityofBerkeley.info
District 5 / Sophie Hahn/ 510) 981-7150 / shahn@CityofBerkeley.info
District 6 / Susan Wengraf / (510) 981-7160 / swengraf@CityofBerkeley.info
District 7/ Kris Worthington / (510) 981-7170 / kworthington@CityofBerkeley.info


District 8/  Lori Droste / (510) 981-7180 / ldroste@CityofBerkeley.info

Here is the facebook event with more information

Statement on Bombing of Afghanistan

Statement on Bombing of Afghanistan April 2017

On Thursday April 13, 2017, President Trump dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), the largest non-nuclear bomb that is referred to as the “mother of all bombs,” on Nangarhar Province in the eastern region of Afghanistan. The number of civilian casualties is unknown, but the blast radius would have been a mile wide with a towering mushroom cloud. Afghans who heard the blast, and who have already endured decades of war, thought that the world had ended.

We are saddened and outraged by this blatant disregard for human life in the hollow pursuit of aggressive control of the region. We understand that this bombing has nothing to do with stabilizing the region and everything to do with the new administration’s advertising of U.S. military might and U.S. domination of Southwest Asia and the Middle East in the wake of the ongoing wars, bombings and airstrikes in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. The war in Afghanistan is the longest in the imperial history of the U.S. and it has brought untold suffering to the Afghan people, who constitute one of the largest refugee populations in the world.

We express our solidarity with all peoples displaced and terrorized by U.S. military interventions. We condemn the continued U.S. drone strikes, bombings, and military occupation of Afghanistan and the Af-Pak border region that are part of a long history of U.S. imperialism in Afghanistan and around the world. The U.S. reign of terror in Afghanistan has continued under both Democrat and Republican regimes, and has involved secret operations, massacres of civilians, torture, imprisonment, devastation of the environment, support for corrupt leaders, and client regimes, all emerging out of the history of the CIA’s role in producing the Islamist forces that became the Taliban. MOAB now takes its place in the tragic history of bombs dropped by the U.S. against Third World countries. These war crimes continue unchecked, their victims remain forgotten and unnamed, and the refugees they displace are turned back at our borders.

We stand in solidarity with the Afghan people, and all peoples facing war, and recognize our responsibility as people living in the United States to protest, resist, raise awareness, and honor the lives lost. We promise to continue our struggles for liberation with a framework of internationalism and anti-imperialism so that we may never forget that our stories intersect and our fates are tied together.

Signed
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)

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On Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day

Palestinian Political Prisoners Day
Develop people, not prisons!

#FreePalestinianPoliticalPrisoners      #PalestinianPrisonersDay         #FreeEmAll

Today, Monday April 17th, marks Palestinian Political Prisoners Day, a day where the Palestinian people and supporters of justice and liberation for Palestine all over the world express their support to Palestinian political prisoners and stand in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners of freedom.   
  
In Palestine, political imprisonment is a central feature of Israeli Apartheid, with over 20% of Palestinians facing imprisonment in their lifetime. According to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, there are currently 6,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, jails and detention centers, including approximately 500 children. These people are imprisoned under a separate and unequal set of laws, applicable only to Palestinians. These include administrative detention– a practice where Palestinians are held without trial, charges or conviction and prosecution in Israeli military courts– where 99% of cases end in a conviction. Furthermore, Israel is the only country in the world that prosecutes children in military courts and routinely imprison children as young as 12. These dehumanizing and illegal practices are meant to erode the Palestinian will to resist occupation and repress their struggle for freedom.  

In the US, political repression and imprisonment are part of a larger system known as the prison industrial complex (PIC) which also includes, surveillance, policing, and sentencing. Though the context, names, and details may differ, these manifestations of the PIC in other countries are connected to the US PIC in aim and, often, in practice, as exemplified by the case of Rasmea Odeh. There are currently dozens of political prisoners incarcerated in the US for their political activism in the anti-imperialist struggles and liberation movements of racially oppressed groups during the 1960s and 1970s. Many of these freedom fighters have served over 40 years in prison, yet remain unapologetic in their commitment to the fight for racial, economic and social justice.

AROC’s understanding of the global nature of political imprisonment compels us to integrate an analysis of the PIC, in the US as well as other countries, into our work and to fight against its impacts in all the work that we do. AROC:

  • Recognizes that forces involved in attempting to “normalize” the Israeli occupation of Palestine are also at work attempting to normalize the use of the prison industrial complex in the US for containing, repressing, and eliminating aspects of the communities in which Arab people and people of color live and work.
  • Rejects imprisonment from the political imprisonment of Palestinians and other Arabs to the imprisonment of millions of poor people, people of color, and political dissidents in the United States.
  • Stands in solidarity with political prisoners and all community members locked up in prisons and jails locally and internationally, and we invite our community to join the call to end impunity and to free all political prisoners!

Join us in a social media campaign called for by our friends at Addameer. Share this message widely on April 17th:

 #FreePalestinianPoliticalPrisoners
Palestinian Human Rights Defenders are #NotATarget #PalestinianPrisonersDay #FreeEmAll

Support Addameer’s campaigns, Stop Administrative Detention and Human Rights Defenders.

Support the people of Syria. Stand against war.

Support the people of Syria. Stand against war.

The ongoing wars in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq have produced human suffering on an unimaginable scale, with hundreds of thousands killed, millions displaced, and many millions more continuing to face starvation, sickness, poverty, and violence.

Consistent with longstanding US foreign policy, the Trump administration has demonstrated a commitment to furthering US imperialism by bolstering the military budget to nearly half the total federal budget, now 1.45 trillion dollars. This continued aggression, the US bombing of Syria, and continuing military escalation in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq will only lead to further the destabilization, violence, displacement, and suffering that the US, Apartheid Israel, and their western allies have sown in the region for decades.

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center stands with all victims of these conflicts. As an organization committed to the liberation and self-determination of all oppressed people, we recognize that the mass uprisings that precipitated the conflicts in Syria and Yemen were genuine demonstrations of popular anger against corruption and repression, the absence of mechanisms for political empowerment, and the continuing impoverishment of the Arab working class through ever-expanding imperialist and neoliberal policies.

Self-Determination
Syria today is devastatingly unrecognizable from what it was in 2011. Through covert and overt foreign intervention of the US and its allies on the one hand, to the two years and counting of Russian strikes on the other, Syria and its people became the ground for an all-out proxy war for world powers. These interventions have only served the geopolitical, financial, and military interests of these powers, against the interests, dignity, and livelihood of the Syrian people.

AROC firmly rejects the oppressive and exploitive role that Western or Gulf powers, and the US in particular, have played in the lives of Arab people. The long and bloody history of US colonialism of the Americas, interventions in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Arab World, its unwavering support for the Zionist state of Israel, backing for the Saudi military bombardment of Yemen, direct and indirect financing of right-wing hardline militias in Syria, and destruction of Libya and Iraq point clearly to ambitions opposed to the struggles of oppressed people. We also hold the US responsible for historically playing a central role, both directly and indirectly, in the rise of extremist groups to quell popular movements in Latin America, Africa, and Asia – a trend continued in the Arab World with the rise of groups like Daesh in Iraq and Syria. We stand with those enduring such violence, the latest carried out by Daesh in Egypt against two Coptic Churches on Palm Sunday, killing 44 people. Egyptian President Sisi has already exploited this tragedy to expand his repressive rule by declaring a state of emergency for three months – repression funded by the US.

AROC therefore both condemns the brutality of the repressive regimes in the Arab World, and stands against the imperial powers that seek to replace them, choosing instead to side with the Arab people themselves and their legitimate demands for a future free of the oppressive hand of any regime – local or international – that seeks to subdue or undermine them.

Resist War
For us in the US, what does solidarity with Arab people look like during such devastation? Though we may not have all the answers, we know this for certain. That our freedom and self determination relies on building a broad movement that connects the struggle against racism, xenophobia, and economic oppression in the US to war and occupation across the world. We cannot resist the Muslim Ban, ICE raids, attacks on women and LGBTQ people, economic devastation of communities, and plunder of the environment without taking action against war, and the displacement, violence, and instability that it imposes on millions of people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Arab World.

Hands off Syria. Hands off Yemen. Hands off Iraq. Self-determination and dignity for all oppressed people. 

For more resources visit the Jadaliyya’s Syria roundup page.

Resisting the New Muslim Ban: March 16th at 4pm in SF

Resisting the New Muslim Ban
March 16th at 4pm in SF

In the wake of Trump announcing his latest version of the “Muslim Ban,” targeting Arabs, Africans, South and West Asians from Iran, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) joins with community organizations to affirm our ongoing commitment to community self-defense and resistance.

It’s still a Muslim Ban. Today’s Executive Order uses longstanding racist “National Security” and “War on Terror” policies to justify it’s legality. Unlike the first version, Iraq has been excluded, as are all green card holders; however, the U.S. State Department has committed to tightening its already draconian “vetting process” for people from Iraq, and green card holders remain under threat by other policies promised by the Trump administration. The Ban also continues to bar refugees from entering the country for 120 days, specifically naming and targeting  Syrians seeking an escape from their war-torn country. Essentially, this Ban targets people from the very same countries that the U.S. has destabilized and attacked through war, bombing, and drone strikes for years.

It’s another chapter in the war on Black and Brown communities. Today’s announcement of a new ban against our communities is part and parcel of the wide attack against all people that have long been targeted by state violence. Since taking office the Trump administration has furthered the war on Black and Brown people in the U.S. It has systemically attacked the indigenous people of this land, criminalized immigrants, expanded policing, and is literally ripping apart families and communities on a daily basis. Standing against this repression means fighting alongside and in solidarity across our all our communities and movements.

We will continue to organize and resist. Because of grassroots organizing and public outrage, Trump’s administration has been met with massive resistance in the streets, schools, and courts. When Trump issued the first Muslim Ban, we organized ourselves across the country. Here in the Bay Area, AROC and ASATA led a shutdown of SFO international airport to demand the freedom of our community members. We mobilized and organized 10,000 people and we won. Today, in the face of new legislation criminalizing dissent, we call on everyone to continue to organize, to build together, and fight back to win.

At 4pm on March 16th, the same day that this new version of the Muslim Ban will come into effect, we ask you to join us in protest in San Francisco to demonstrate our power and commitment to our collective freedom to stay, move, return, and live in dignity.  

To learn more or get involved in the plans for March 16th, email info@araborganizing.org.

To be notified of local actions in defense of all communities under attack, join the Bay Resistance text alert system. Text RESIST to 41411.

To report an ICE raid, contact the 24 hour community based Rapid Response hotline:  SF 415-200-1548, Alameda County 510-241-4011.