May 25, 2022 IRC Executive Committee meeting

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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    As authorized by California Government Code Section 54953(e) and the Mayor’s 45th Supplement to her February 25, 2020 emergency proclamation, this meeting will be held remotely without providing a physical location. Members of the Immigrant Rights Commission will participate and vote by video. Members of the public may observe the meeting and provide public comment online. View instructions for providing public comment below.


    1. Call to Order and Roll Call

      Vice Chair Paz called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m.
      Present: Vice Chair Paz, Commissioner Souza.
      Not present: Chair Kennelly (excused), Commissioners Khojasteh (excused), Ricarte (excused). OCEIA staff present: Acting Director Whipple, Commission Clerk Shore, Operations and Grants Manager Chan, Civic Engagement and Policy Officer Noonan.

    2. Ramaytush Ohlone Land Acknowledgment

      Vice Chair Paz read the land acknowledgment statement.

    3. Public Comment

      There was no public comment.

    4. Action Item: Approval of previous minutes

      a. Approval of May 18, 2022 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
      This item was deferred due to lack of quorum.

    5. Discussion/Action Items

      a. Immigrant Leadership Awards (Co-Chairs Fujii and Ricarte)
      Acting Director Whipple provided an update on planning for the Immigrant Leadership Awards. The dress rehearsal is scheduled for June 6, 2022 and the awards event will take place June 13, 2022. Commissioners are encouraged to invite community members to the event. Commissioner Souza volunteered to follow up with an awardee who has not yet confirmed her participation.

      b. Proposed Statement/Letter on Anti-Immigrant Attacks at Everett Middle School
      Vice Chair Paz provided an update on Everett Middle School. Community members say the incident described by some media outlets as an attack was a fight between two Latino students. Community members are encouraging the public to be wary of misinformation. Commissioner Souza thanked Vice Chair Paz for the update and suggested reframing the letter. Vice Chair Paz and Commissioner Souza can work on it together.

      c. Proposed Letter to City College of San Francisco
      Acting Director Whipple noted that the Executive Committee had discussed expressing its support beyond Cantonese, but also for ESL and other language courses that serve immigrants. While Cantonese has been maintained, it seems to be at the expense of cutting other languages. OCEIA staff have reached out to the world languages department chair to ask for an update. Acting Director Whipple suggested that the Commission obtain more information before weighing in.

      d. Follow-Up Actions on COVID-19 Recovery and Anti-AAPI/Anti-Immigrant Hate
      Vice Chair Paz provided an update on Universal Basic Income pilot at the last Executive Committee meeting. He deferred the update on anti-AAPI and anti-immigrant hate until Commissioner Khojasteh is present.


    6. Staff Reports

      a. Director’s Updates
      Acting Director Whipple provided an update on OCEIA’s meeting with the mayor of Merida, Mexico to discuss language access and the Mayan community in San Francisco. Vice Chair Paz participated in the meeting on behalf of the Commission, and Lydia Candila, executive director of Asociación Mayab, discussed the experience of Mayan immigrants in San Francisco.

    7. Old Business

      There was no old business.

    8. New Business

      There was no new business.

    9. Adjournment

      Vice Chair Paz adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

    Date & Time

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    5:30 pm




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