November 14,  2018
Dear Friends,

We are thinking of and praying for all those who have suffered such devastating losses to fire and gun violence this week.

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ACT's Theory of Change Research Report
You might remember hearing that ACT was working on a Theory of Change process.  Our final research report is now available highlighting our process, the biggest challenges facing Sacramento, and ACT's vision and role in continuing to build a healthy, just, and equitable community.   You can read it here.
West Arden Arcade Community Meeting

Arden Arcade residents and ACT's Environmental Justice committee attended a community meeting to share their concerns with the County regarding housing and their vision for engaging their neighbors to be civically involved. 

People learned about SB1000 and the role of the county  to ensure the Arden Arcade community is part of the planning process to create the Environmental Justice element for the County General Plan.

Congratulations to Pastor Les Simmons!
On Sunday, November 11 Bishop Esley Simmons handed off the Senior Pastoral leadership of South Sacramento Christian Center to his son, Pastor Les Simmons. Pastor Les is also a member of the ACT Board. Over 600 congregation members, faith leaders, public officials, and families attended the installation service with many reflecting on the powerful presence at the church. Guest Pastor MaKau from Fiji came to deliver a powerful sermon on the significance of a proper transition from Senior Leadership to the next in line. We are honored to celebrate Pastor Les Simmons and Katrina Simmons as they lead South Sacramento Christian Center into the next 30 years of service and beyond.
Congratulations from the entire Sacramento ACT organization!
Pastor Les Simmons (center) with Rev. Kevin Ross & Ryan McClinton

Court Upholds DACA

"We are extremely happy the Court has sided with 800,000 immigrant youth protected by DACA. We continue to fight for a permanent solution that can protect families from being torn apart, but until we do, DACA must be allowed to remain. The program has been good for young people, good for our communities, and good for the nation. President Trump must cease his attempts to end the program and allow young people to continue thriving until a fair and humane immigration reform is passed."
What is "Public Charge"?
In a proposed  new rule, known as "public charge"-- striking in scope and rooted in a history of xenophobia and racism -- the administration announced that immigrants who utilize virtually all public benefits risk jeopardizing their ability to stay in the country.  If adopted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will take into account a number of additional factors in considering applications for immigration visas (like work visas or family-based visas) or green cards (permanent residency).
The proposed rule is unprecedented in the history of the country. The Migration Policy Institute predicts millions of immigrants could be affected.  Also, by including programs like Medicaid and food stamps, which are much wider in scope, it would more likely hit working people - the majority of people on Medicaid are themselves employed, and almost 80 percent live in families with at least one working member.  Read more here.

Upcoming LOC Meetings
Education, C ontact Tere Flores at 916-267-9087 or for location and more information on September meeting

Environmental Justice, First Wednesdays, at 7pm at Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, Newcomers Orientation at 6:30 pm, contact Gabby Trejo at for more information

Homelessness & Housing, 3rd Fridays,10 am to 12 pm, contact Carlos Montes-Ponce at 916-272-5119 or  for location and more information

Immigration, C ontact Carlos Montes-Ponce at or 916-272-5119  for location and more information

Live Free, Third Thursdays, 6:30 pm, contact Ryan McClinton at 916-267-8398 or for location and more information

Reinvestment, 1st and 3rd Thursday  at 2:30,  contact Ryan McClinton at 916-267-8398 or  for location and more information

Youth Justice, every other Thursday, 5 pm to 7 pm, contact Tere Flores at  916-267-9087 or for location and more information
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Thank you to all our donors who enable ACT's work to transform our community!

Can you donate $25 to support our work with youth to transform the juvenile justice system?  Donate here.

If you prefer, you can mail a check to Sacramento ACT, 2409 15th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.
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