Vanguard Eighth Annual Event – Immigration Law: Defending Immigrant Rights and Keeping Families Together

Last month we launched our 8th Annual Fundraiser, focusing on the highly topical subject of immigrant rights.

Our event features the Chief Attorney in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Matt Gonzalez, who also represented a number of high profile civil matters in Yolo about a decade ago, as well as Holly Cooper from the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic.

Matt Gonzalez is the Chief Attorney with the San Francisco Public Defenders Office.  He was the lead attorney in the politically charged murder trial of immigrant, Jose Garcia Zarate, who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in the fall of 2017.

Holly Cooper, has represented a number of unaccompanied minors who have been caught up in the criminal justice system including “GE” a 14 year old who was held at the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility, despite having no criminal record.  She was able to get him placed in a Yolo County Foster Home.

Proceeds from this event fund the Vanguard Court Watch, a program run under the Davis Vanguard, a 501c3 non-profit.  The Court Watch pushes for criminal justice reform at the local level by sending college interns into the court room to monitor and report happenings on the webpage.  Through the program, the Vanguard has exposed a number of injustices and miscarriages of the law locally.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 5 to 8 at the Davis Community Church. Starting today we have our early Sponsorship period which ends on August 31. Sponsorships start at $100 and go up to $5000.

Details are below and in the link.

To sponsor or purchase tickets, please go to:

You can also purchase tickets via check: P.O. Box 4715, Davis, CA 95617 – make all checks payable to “Davis Vanguard.”

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. Jerry Waszczuk

    Interesting article about  chain immigration and / or  about President Trump’s    White House senior adviser Stephen Miller . 

    Stephen Miller, the senior policy adviser to the president and one of the ideologues pushing the administration’s hardline immigration policies, is a product of the so-called “chain migration” he and President Donald Trump often deride. That’s according to his uncle, who penned an essay in Politico outlining Miller’s family’s immigration story on Monday.
    David Glosser, a retired neuropsychologist and Miller’s uncle on his mother’s side, detailed the story of how the family came to live in the United States. Miller’s great-great-grandfather Wolf-Leib Glosser left the village of Antopol in what is now Belarus amid “violent anti-Jewish pogroms” there and came to the US. He landed on Ellis Island in 1903 and, over time, was able to bring over the rest of his family.

    My parents and my siblings lived a few miles from Antopol before WW II  but were deported with millions of others by  Soviets after WW II to the former  German territories of  East Prussia and Pomerania .


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