Under the program area of Participatory Democracy, C2C currently has 3 projects:
- Formación Cívica
- Racial Justice
- Dignity Campaign
Each project combines community education, action, and reflection as we strive for participatory democracy: the movement to create opportunities for all members of a society to make meaningful contributions to decision-making and which seeks to broad the range of people who have access to such opportunities.
In the Formación Cívica project, we work with newly registered Latino and Immigrant voters to provide non-partisan civic education and training on effective ways to participate in our democratic system.
Our points of focus for civic engagement:
- Protecting Civil and Human Rights
- Increasing access to safe and affordable housing
- Sustainable Jobs that Provide Healthy Livelihoods
- Access to Quality Education
- Access to Affordable Health Care
- Fair and Just Immigration Reform
We work to educate our communities to: Vote their needs, priorities and values.
Farmworker Legislative Day
In February of 2016, C2C organized the 2nd Annual Farmworker Tribunal in Olympia, WA. This historic event provided an opportunity for WA state farmworkers to speak with elected officials about policy changes and share their experiences in the fields.
Just Transitions Assemblies
In summer of 2015 C2C partnered with Got Green? to host the North West first Just Transition Assembly. A Just Transition includes a framework for governance, for how we relate to the Earth, how we produce and consume, for reparations within the US and in the Global South, for how work is defined and valued, and for how people relate to each other. It is a step towards a complete re-imagination of our world, grounded in practice and solutions offered up by communities that have been the most exploited and neglected by capitalism. At the end of the day, we not talking about a gentler capitalism, we are talking about transforming the way we relate to the world and each other.
The next Just Transition assembly is scheduled for September 2016 in Seattle.
Racial Justice Coalition
C2C is a founding member of Bellingham's Racial Justice Coalition, an organization dedicated to the ending systematic racism by advocating for people of color through education, legislation, and community-led action.
C2C is a founding member of the Dignity Campaign, a network of organizations and individuals who affirm the need for an immigration reform bill based on human and labor rights. This bill would include legalization of the undocumented immediately, de-criminalization of immigration status and work, equal rights, reunification of families, an end to temporary and guest worker programs, and an end to free trade and the policies that cause the dislocation of people. Below is an outline of the Dignity Campaigns core values and demands.
A PROPOSAL FOR ALTERNATIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM BASED ON HUMAN, CIVIL AND LABOR RIGHTS FOR ALL
- Legalize all people without status quickly, with low fees
- People will receive permanent residence status
- Newly legalized people are entitled to public benefits
- Anyone in the country for five years can apply for legal status
- Family Reunification
- Raise the number of family visas available, and issue all unused visas
- Process all applications for family preference visas
- All immigration rights will be equally available to same sex permanent partners
- Repeal Employer Sanctions and Enforce Labor and Cultural Rights
- Immediately repeal employer sanctions, and dismantle the E-Verify database
- Enforce worker protection laws, for all workers
- Make threats from employers using immigration status a crime
- Job creation and job training programs for all unemployed workers
- A Social Security number for everyone, regardless of immigration status
- Protect the cultural and language rights of indigenous migrants
- Guest Workers and Future Flows
- All existing guest worker programs (H1-B, H2-A, H2-B) will end after five years.
- Reform existing guest worker programs during those five years, force employers to hire domestic workers first
- Guest workers are free to organize and join unions, and can sue over violations
- Make green cards available during times of low unemployment for migrants who don’t qualify for family preference visas
- Trade Policy and Displacement
- Hold hearings about the effects of NAFTA and CAFTA, and collect evidence about the way those agreements displace people.
- Existing agreements will be renegotiated to eliminate causes of displacement.
- No new trade agreements that displace people or lower living standards.
- Prohibit U.S. military intervention or aid to support trade agreements, structural adjustment policies or market economic reforms
- Due Process and Detention
- Repeal federal laws barring drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants
- Prohibit local law enforcement agencies from enforcing immigration law, repeal 287g
- End roadblocks, immigration raids and sweeps
- Close existing detention centers and prohibit future government or private detention centers
- Families with children may not be separated by detention or deportation.
- Repeal Border Militarization and Enforce Human Rights
- Dismantle the wall and the “virtual wall” along the border
- Remove National Guard troops from the border
- End the privatization of border control and security operations on the border
- End criminal charges to prosecute immigrants based on their immigration status
- Prosecute private vigilante groups for violations of the rights of migrants
- Reduce the budget for border enforcement and detention, and redirect the funds to social services, healthcare, education, family reunification, processing visa backlogs and enforcing civil rights.