Sunday, March 12, 2017

Indivisible Requests Ed Royce Town Hall, Sanctuary City

The following will appear in the "City Council Notes" section of the upcoming issue of the Fullerton Observer Newspaper, our only local, independent paper.

At the March 7th Fullerton City Council meeting, local resident Sarah Goodwin, a member of Indivisible, a grassroots organization within Congressman Ed Royce’s district (39), requested that, in light of Royce’s repeated refusal to hold an in-person Town Hall meeting, City Council encourage him to do so, stating, “Twice a month, you (City Council) allow the opportunity to hear our voice.  We believe Ed Royce should do the same.  We have sent hundreds of requests for him to engage with us through a town hall, which he has ignored.  Furthermore, he recently held an unannounced, over-the-phone Town Hall, where he only took pre-approved questions he felt comfortable answering.  This is not how an elected official sworn to serve his community should behave.  We ask you, as elected representatives of a city within his congressional district, to encourage him to hold a town hall for his, and your, constituents.”  

Constituents gather outside Ed Royce's office in Brea, CA.

Goodwin, as a representative of Indivisible, also requested that Council declare Fullerton a Sanctuary City, stating, “The Trump administration’s aggressive executive action towards undocumented immigrants puts members of our community at arbitrary risk.  We should not live in a society where victims of domestic abuse feel afraid to come forward only to be swept up in a effort to deport dangerous criminals.  Declaring Fullerton a Sanctuary City would allow undocumented immigrants to regain basic human dignity and stability.  We, Indivisible, hope you are willing to commit to this.”

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