JTTF Ordinance Becomes Law! Time to Celebrate & Keep Fighting

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Yesterday, the Mayor signed into law the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance which was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012.  It was only after strong community pressure through advocacy, testimonies, meetings, and rallies, that the Mayor and other Supervisors agreed to a compromise on the Ordinance.  AROC is glad to see a step in the right direction passed into law — an Ordinance that will provide some real protections for all of San Francisco’s communities. Continue reading

Hundreds Rally and Pray Jumaa Outside Civic Center to Support Ordinance

Friday, March 30th, hundreds of community members rallied and prayed in Civic Center Plaza to tell Mayor Ed Lee to support the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights.  Despite repeated requests to listen to community needs, Mayor Lee has not yet met with the Coalition for a Safe San Francisco, which hosted today’s rally.

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Community Members Rally To Tell Ed Lee: Don’t Veto Our Civil Rights!

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Community members and advocates gathered yesterday to urge Mayor Lee to get behind the Safe SF Civil Rights Ordinance.  This Ordinance has been endorsed by over 80 organizations and hundreds (if not thousands) of San Francisco residents.  Mayor Lee himself has received hundreds of calls and emails to his office in support, yet he continues to indicate he will veto the Ordinance.   Continue reading

Ordinance to Prevent SFPD-FBI Abuse Passes Board of Supervisors with 6 Votes!

hall of city hallFor Immediate Release: San Francisco, March 13, 2012

Community disappointed by “No” votes from Progressive Supervisors Cohen and Wiener, and look to Mayor Lee for future support

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 03/13/12) Earlier today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass an Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim titled the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance.  The Ordinance seeks to codify pre-existing San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) protocol and Department General Orders (DGO) with respect to the SFPD’s collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Continue reading

Proposed law would restore local control over intelligence gathering

(San Francisco, CA, 01/25/12) – Supervisor Jane Kim introduced legislation before the Board of
Supervisors today that would prohibit members of the San Francisco Police Department working with the
FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) from collecting intelligence on San Franciscans unless there is
reasonable suspicion that they are involved in significant criminal activity.     Continue reading

Safe SF Civil Rights Ordinance, Introduction Upcoming!

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(Photo from SafeSF.org) The Coalition for a Safe San Francisco has been working with Supervisor Jane Kim on a local Ordinance addressing the relationship between the SF Police Department and the FBI, through the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  The Ordinance will be introduced soon!  Please check back for updates.

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Join an AROC Committee!

ayopicAROC members are involved in many things. In order to account for and support all the different projects, coalitions, and ongoing work folks have their hands in, we have created Committees. The monthly membership meeting will now focus on a different Committee each time—that way we can really highlight the political education around that work in addition to practical workshops that move that work forward. We wrote up a Committee list and translated it. The English version is below. For the Arabic version, click the link.

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What you need to know about San Francisco’s Joint Terrorism Task Force

By Rina Palta, from http://informant.kalwnews.org

Should Bay Area cities continue supplying local police officers to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force? That’s a question that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took on Tuesday, and one that privacy groups are hoping will result in an end to the use of an increasingly controversial intelligence-gathering program.  Continue reading

SF Human Rights Commission Passes Report on AMEMSA Communities

Last week, the SF Human Rights Commission passed a report based on testimonies of dozens of Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian community members and our allies.  This report includes recommendations for the City and County of SF to halt racial profiling, surveillance, and harassment on these communities as well as all SF communities. Continue reading

New Membership Coordinator and Membership Meeting Notes

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Hello! My name is Miriam Zouzounis and I am the new AROC Membership Coordinator. I have been a life-long resident and active community member of the SF Bay area and am especially enthused with AROC’s goal to activate certain demographics of our community (immigrant, working class, youth, etc) and make social and political initiatives accessible to everyone. I look forward to organizing with you all towards building a conscious, mobilized and safe community.

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