TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT – Vanguard Immigration Symposium – 81 Sponsors for the Event – Tickets Still Available


Immigration Law: Defending Immigrant Rights and Keeping Families Together

Immigration is a huge issue this year with questions about the policy of family separation at the border, the ORR program, the effect of immigration on crime, and the impact of ICE in local courts and the potential chilling effect it will have on people coming forward to cooperate with authorities.

The Vanguard Court Watch 8th Annual Fundraiser and Symposium on Saturday, October 27th addresses these issues from the standpoint of attorneys in the court.

Guest Speakers:

Matt Gonzalez: Chief Attorney with the San Francisco Public Defenders Office.

It features Matt Gonzalez, 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: Co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic

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.

Chuck Pacheco: Sacramento Defense Attorney

Chuck Pacheco, is a defense attorney located in Sacramento. In late August, his client was taken into custody by ICE Agents in a Sacramento Court Room. He will speak on this incident.



Social Justice Champion Sponsor

National Lawyers Guild, Sacramento
Spaulding Campi, LLC
Neighborhood Partners, LLC
Nora Oldwin
Yes on L. West Davis Active Adult Center (Catering – Tommy J’s)

Defender Sponsor

ACLU of Northern California
Advocates for Ajay Dev
Davis Media Access (Broadcasting the event)
Josh Kaizuka, Attorney at Law
Presidio Companies
DBRE Consulting
Armando Sandoval
Tilahun Yilma

Advocate Sponsor

Lucas Frerichs, Davis City Council
Bob Poppenga, DJUSD School Board
Tracie Olson, Yolo County Public Defender
Robb Davis, Former Davis Mayor
UC Davis School of Law
Melinda Guzman, Professional Corporation
Mary-Alice Coleman, Law Offices of
Linda Deos
Tia Will and Robert Canning
Bill Julian
Evelyn and Harvey Greenwald
Jean Miller
Lindsay Weston

Friend Sponsor

Senator Bill Dodd
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
Jim Provenza, Yolo County Supervisor
Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor
Oscar Villegas, Yolo County Supervisor
Brett Lee, Davis Mayor
Gloria Partida, Davis City Council
Will Arnold, Davis City Council
Dan Carson, Davis City Council
Angel Barajas, Woodland City Council
Tom Adams, DJUSD School Board
Alan Fernandes, DJUSD School Board
Norma Alcala, Washington School Board
Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
Yolo County Interfaith Immigration Network
Immigration Justice Team of the Unitarian Universalist  Church of Davis
UC Davis
“ASUCD Office of the External Affairs Vice President also known as OASR”
Davis Phoenix Coalition
Tres Hermanas
Good People Farms
Kind Farma
Yolo County Democratic Central Committee
Mark Reichel, Attorney at Law
Joe DiNunzio
Mary Jo Bryan
Cindy Pickett
Maria Grijalva
Melissa Moreno
Ezra Beeman
Ryan Davis
Francesca Wright
Paul Fullerton
Toso Himel
Anya McCann
Bill Ritter
Elizabeth Lasensky
Bob Schelen
Alan Hirsch

Get Tickets To Vanguard’s Immigration Rights Event

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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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9 thoughts on “TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT – Vanguard Immigration Symposium – 81 Sponsors for the Event – Tickets Still Available”

        1. Alan Miller

          wonder how many housing development campaigns have ever donated to an immigration symposium?

          Most especially housing developments that have (or had or have or do on weekends — I can’t keep track) a tagline of “taking care of our own”.

          Does “our own” include undocumented immigrants?  Will seniors moving into WDAAC open up homes in Davis for undocumented immigrants?  Are they “our own”?

          Things that make you go:  “Hmmmmmmmmm”.

        2. Keith O

          Alan, maybe it’s just me but it makes one scratch their head to imagine that the Yes On L team were possibly sitting around a table deciding how they’re going to best spend their campaign funds and someone comes up with “let’s donate the food for the Vanguard immigration symposium”.

          1. David Greenwald Post author

            Maybe it’s just me, and I probably shouldn’t respond but why not. I’m damned proud of what we were able to accomplish this year. We put together a group of speakers including the defense attorney in the Steinle Murder trial which was a national focus and who got his client outright acquitted, we have Holly Cooper who while local, has been featured in national publications on immigration law issues. We put together 80 – count them 80 sponsors – including pretty much every single elected official in Davis. We’ve raised more money than we ever have at one of these events. We’re going to have an amazing event tomorrow and all you can do is focus on one donor. As I said, I’m damn proud of this event. Davis will be able to watch on Davis Media Access.

  1. David Greenwald

    Here is the schedule for Saturday:

    Doors open at 5 pm.  Food Courtesy of Yes on L, complementary Drinks and Wine.

    Program starts at 6

    Brett Lee introductory remarks
    NLG- Sacramento brief presentation
    ACLU – Yolo brief presentation
    Chuck Pacheco first speech on ICE arrest in Sac
    Don Saylor introduces Holly Cooper
    Holly Cooper to discuss ORR/ Child Refugee issues
    David Greenwald brief remarks and introductions of keynote
    Matt Gonzalez will talk about Jose Zarate/ Kate Steinle case
    Audience questions
    Wrap up at 8 pm

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