The Year in Review
A lot happened for NorCal Resist in 2023! From asylum clinics to free food distros to our holiday gift drive (and everything in between) we're so grateful for another busy year of immigration justice, community defense, and mutual aid work. To everyone who joined us in organizing towards a better world this year - thank you!
Read on for some key accomplishments we'd like to highlight from 2023.
NorCal Resist provide emergency shelter to new immigrant families in the form of hotel rooms and rental apartments. These families often arrive with nothing, and providing stable housing is a critical way to meet their basic needs.
In 2023, NorCal Resist provided 612 hotel rooms and apartments to families in need.
NorCal Resist's bond fund helps community members facing protest and ICE-related charges make bail, so they can fight their charges at home with their loved ones instead of in a jail cell.
Our bail program is funded by donations from the community. Unlike predatory bail bondsman services, which pocket a percentage of the bond money for a profit, our bail fund is a community resource that provides bonds for free, to those who need them most.
In 2023, we freed 143 people from ICE Detention centers.
As part of our temporary housing program, NorCal resist provides rent and deposit assistance to newly-arrived families. These efforts are critical to ensure that families, including children, have a roof over their heads. These families often arrive with nothing, and have no way to earn a livelihood and ensure basic income.
In 2023, NorCal Resist provided 89 new families
with $77,00 in rent assistance.
NorCal Resist assists asylum seekers who are unable to pay for a private attorney, secure pro bono representation, or afford the fees associated with these applications.
Our pro se asylum workshop program provides trained volunteers and experienced immigration attorneys to assist asylum seekers in filling out the I-589 asylum application form. We also assist with temporary protection status and work permit applications.
In 2023, we assisted 124 families with critical immigration documents - including asylum, temporary protection status, and work permits applications.
We distribute free groceries monthly to hundreds who need them.
Each month NorCal Resist hosts a food and diaper distribution event, open to all members of our community. These are free, mutual aid, community-driven events.
In 2023, NorCal Resist served 1,600 families at monthly food distribution events.
We distribute food, cleaning products, basic household supplies, clothes, and other necessities to hundreds who need them through our monthly community table events. An extension of our food distribution programs, these are free, community-driven events that get basic necessities into the hands of those who need them.
In 2023, our Community Tables provided over 900 families with free essential items, including over 74,000 diapers.
Our farm feeds the community while facilitating opportunities for people to learn farming skills in a local context.
Seeds of Solidarity provides fresh, free produce to our food distribution program, offers land and resources for community members to grow food, and serves as a community gathering space for everyone to engage with agriculture and food.
In 2023, Seeds of Solidarity grew and distributed 4,300 pounds of produce.
In tandem with our temporary housing program and other housing aid efforts, NorCal resist provides beds and other basic furniture to newly-arrived families. These efforts are critical to ensure that families, including children, have their basic needs met. Families often arrive with nothing, and have no way to earn a livelihood and ensure basic income.
In 2023, NorCal Resist provided basic furniture to families in need, including 189 beds.
We organize brake light repair clinics throughout the Sacramento area. At these events, anyone can drop by to have their vehicle lights replaced or repaired free of charge. We also offer headlight assemblies, fuse replacement, and headlight polishing.
We provide brake light maintenance to keep drivers safe on the road and help reduce the risk of potentially deadly encounters with law enforcement during traffic stops.
In 2023, NorCal Resist provided over 475 vehicle repairs to community members.
We accompany community members to government appointments, healthcare visits, school enrollment, grocery shopping, and a number of other tasks that have to be completed when resettling in a new country. Our accompaniment team also provides furnishings, clothing, and groceries, and help to house asylum-seeking families in small apartments our organization rents.
In 2023, we assisted 339 individuals with healthcare visits, ICE immigration court, grocery shopping, apartment furnishing, and more.
In November, NorCal Resist sent another group of activists to Atlanta to take part in the Stop Cop City Week of Action.