Oct. 28 – October’s Last-Sunday Free Citizenship/DACA Fair

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One of the things we’ve discovered since the last presidential election is how much can be accomplished by regular concerned citizens. We also realize how lucky we are that our forebears, leaving behind starvation, desperate poverty or persecution, were able to come to America and start again.

Therefore, we decided to do something hands-on to share a little of our own good fortune to help the newest immigrants in our community.

Join us, local Indivisible groups, amazing immigration attorneys, El Concilio, SEIU, CLUE and volunteers from everywhere, as we help people work through the government forms required to maintain or improve their legal status. Even to become American citizens. And voters! For free. On Sundays. At least once a month.

What do we do?

  • We help people with qualifying permanent residency (green) cards fill out the application to become citizens, and VOTERS! Three people have already become citizens since SEIU started these fairs. This is truly life-changing stuff and it just doesn’t get better than that.
  • We help also DACA recipients maintain their status and get aid to pay the every-2-year fee of $495 if necessary, along with asking our legislators to provide a path to citizenship for these amazing and hardworking students and workers.
  • We’re now helping with green card renewals and Selective Service applications.
  • We normally do voter registration, but due to the Oct. 22nd deadline, we’ll be providing information on last-minute registration and voting at the County Elections office instead.

Would you like to help with advertising this fair?

We need to have posters placed on as many public bulletin boards (libraries, cafeterias, schools, stores, laundromats, etc.)  as possible and double-sided hand-outs placed on counters where the public can find them. Graphic links here:

Would you like to volunteer at the fair?

  • You need to be detail-oriented, good with paperwork, have legible handwriting and willing to accept instruction from the immigration professionals amongst us.
  • You do not need to speak another language, but we appreciate all bilingual volunteers. Not all applicants speak Spanish, but many at the Oxnard  College Swap meet do. We will team up volunteers to best help each applicant.
  • You do not need to be a lawyer. You will be trained to fill in the required paperwork, and a lawyer checks all our work. We have an orientation at 8:30 to run new volunteers through the forms.
  • You do not need to be a citizen or an adult. Motivated teenagers would be most welcome.
  • You do need to be patient, kind and willing to smile. Sometime the forms take a couple of hours to get through, even with a couple of volunteers working on them together.

Help fund this activity. 

This fair is staffed by volunteers, but uses an huge amount of printing ink, paper, and office supplies. We would be honored by any donations to help us continue this project here.

When is it?

  • Official time: It starts at 8:00 (returning volunteers and staff) and ends at 3:00.
  • New volunteer training: We ask first-time volunteers to be join us for a quick lesson on how to use the forms at 8:30 – 9:30

Where is the Oxnard College Swap Meet? And when I get there, where do I go?

From 101-South:
Take the Rose Ave. exit, EXIT 61
Turn right onto N Rose Ave.
Turn left onto North Campus Road

From 101-North:
Take the Rose Ave. exit, EXIT 61
Turn left onto N Rose Ave.
Turn left onto North Campus Road
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oxnard campus

 

By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage.