What We're Doing

14939974_1141409835927897_472202700441752303_o.jpgOne LA works on issues that emerge from the interests and values of its member institutions.

Recent examples include:

Leadership Development – One LA's primary work is to develop leaders in congregations, schools, and non-profits to help their institutions strengthen and grow, and help them act on the issues that are important to them.

Public Transportation – One LA led a 4-year campaign, with allies, to shape and pass Measure M to raise $120 billion for new rail lines, improved bus service, and street/highway projects, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and make traveling to work, school, or place of worship easier for people across LA County.

Health Care for All – One LA won an agreement from the LA County Department of Health Services to conduct healthcare enrollment at our member institutions.  We trained 350 leaders to hold over 100 events which helped enroll 146,000 to date.  We fought to create MyHealthLA to cover undocumented residents, securing $6 million more in funds.

Criminal Justice Reform – One LA made Prop. 47 accessible by assisting over 500 people convicted of petty, non-violent crimes get their records expunged or reclassified at Breaking the Barriers events, helping them re-enter civic and economic life. We did voter education and GOTV actions to support CA Prop. 47 and CA Prop. 57 for sentencing reform.

Housing Security – 2,000 One LA leaders rallied to win $11 million from the City of LA and the CA Housing Finance Agency to reduce mortgage principal for ‘underwater’ homeowners, then won agreements with banks to negotiate modifications, saving more than 500 families from losing their homes. We also organized to win better living conditions in apartments and did voter education and GOTV actions to help pass LA City Measure HHH to combat homelessness.

Education Reform and Equity – One LA has organized to pass school bond measures, developed ‘Alliance Communities’ of parents, educators and neighbors in support of schools, launched the Algebra Project in two high schools, and is organizing to act on neighborhood issues that effect educational success.

 

 One LA-IAF Statement on Family Separation (June 2018)

            Even after President Trump’s executive order to end the separation of families, the crisis remains. There are over 2,300 children and infants separated from their parents who are waiting to be reunited with their families. There is still a great deal of work to be done. It is clear that the president has done all he will to ameliorate this stain on our democracy. Now it is Congress’ turn to finally fix this problem.

             One LA-IAF stands with our IAF sister organizations along the US-Mexico border. Together, as institutions inspired by our Judeo-Christian and democratic traditions, we urge Congress to do the following:

1) Reunite the over 2,300 families who are currently in custody. The recent Executive Order does not address the tragedy of children who have already been forcibly separated from their parents. Congress needs to verify that the federal government has a strategy and a plan to reunite these children and infants with their parents both quickly and effectively, and that there is adequate funding appropriated to complete this urgent work. If this administration does not have a plan, it is up to Congress to take over this essential responsibility.

2) Do not detain families. Congress should lead the fight to electronically monitor - not detain - these families because it is a more humane, effective, and efficient way to monitor these asylum seekers. According to ICE, the majority of families on monitor return to court.

3) Monitor the care of children in custody.  While there are still children without their parents in custody, the government needs to ensure that there is a third-party group of health and mental health professionals who can monitor the centers and guarantee that these children - and specifically infants - are getting the care and attention they need.

We urge Congress to take swift action on these three items. The Flores settlement establishes a 20-day legal limit for the detention of minors - with or without their parents. If Congress fails to take swift action to protect families, we fear that these children will continue to be inhumanely and unjustly separated from their parents.

The actions of this administration have cast a pall over our country. These people are asylum seekers with their children, not criminals. Let’s treat them with the dignity they deserve.