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Petition to United States Attorney for Northern District of California Alex G. Tse, District Attorney for San Francisco County George Gascon, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom

Drop the Immigration Charges Against Marco Senghor, Community Leader and Bay Area Icon

We need to reach out to those in power to protect our immigrant community and send a clear message to Washington that the Bay Area stands behind its beloved community members such as Mr. Senghor. From, by Julian Mark: The owner of Bissap Baobab, a beloved Senegalese restaurant and dance club at 19th and Mission, was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly “illegally obtaining” his United States citizenship, according to a Facebook post the owner, Marco Senghor, wrote Tuesday.“I am going to plead not guilty and fight these charges,” wrote Senghor, who is from Senegal. “I’ve hired a top defense attorney to represent me and I look forward to my day in court.”He said the future of Bissap Baobab is uncertain. For two decades, the club and restaurant has served as a local cult favorite of sorts, known for its dancing scene and, more recently, its unique Senegalese food menu. “… but I am dedicated to preserving it,” he wrote. “I will keep you informed as my case moves forward.” On Wednesday morning, Senghor declined to answer questions, citing his unclear legal situation. The Acting United States Attorney for Northern District of California, Alex G. Tse — a former San Francisco deputy city attorney — is charging Senghor with “Procurement of Citizenship Contrary to Law” and “Procurement of Citizenship for a Person Not Entitled to Citizenship,” according to federal court filings. Senghor is being represented by defense attorney Jeffrey L. Bornstein of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP The charges are a somewhat tragic setback for Senghor, who only last October purchased the restaurant’s building at 3372 19th St. from Facebook executive Owen Van Natta for $1.6 million, ensuring the restaurant could stay there for good. “I’m excited to feel like I’m at home,” he told Mission Local following the purchase.  Bissap Baobab “is a gathering place for lots of different types of groups with great music and great food,” said Gwyneth Borden, director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. “It’s shocking and unprecedented that the president would target such an upstanding citizen of the community.” She said Senghor’s news has been making its way through the local restaurant community. She said she knew little of Senghor’s case — mentioning only that it appeared to be a process-related issue — “but what was presented to me doesn’t make sense.” Borden noted that her organization has been talking about contacting Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office to see if the Congresswoman can help, as she done in the past with visa-related issues in the local restaurant community.  “It’s been a really trying time for the industry, an industry that’s been dominated by immigrants,” Borden said. “The reason why San Francisco’s restaurant industry is so diverse is that people come from all over the world.” “This example sends a chilling message to all immigrants around here,” she said.

Matt Haze Kaftor
199 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Health and Human Services, E. Scott Lloyd

#ReuniteEveryChild Now

Between May 7th and June 20th the Trump Administration separated nearly 3,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, when they instituted a new “zero tolerance” policy. These kids, many of them toddlers who cannot speak for themselves, are concentrated in camps far from their parents, with no plan to reunite them. The government even had the gall to demand that parents agree to “self-deport” in order to get their kids back. On June 26th, a San Diego judge ordered the administration to #ReuniteEveryChild under the age of 5 by July 10th, and the remaining by July 26th. However, as of July 9th, the administration says they can only reunite 54 of the roughly 102 children under the age of 5, that’s less than 2% of the total separated. The administration requested an extension to these dates and on July 9th, a federal judge granted that extension. Our federal government is inflicting harm and trauma upon these children through this mistreatment. Their policies include not allowing staff to touch or hug the imprisoned children to comfort them. Meanwhile, parents who are desperately trying to call their own children can only call a single government hotline – a phone number which has been proven to be mostly ineffective. At Define American, we are asking everyone, especially journalists, demand a plan from the administration to immediately #ReuniteEveryChild with their parents on U.S. soil. Will you sign on and demand that the Trump Administration immediately #ReuniteEveryChild? 

Define American
143,139 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Help to stop the deportation of Syed Ahmed Jamal

Mr. Syed Ahmed Jamal, a well-respected scientist and community leader, was arrested by ICE – on his front lawn, in front of his children. Now he’s at risk of being deported to Bangladesh, where he is an ethnic minority and would be in serious danger. Sign the petition and join our campaign to stop Syed’s deportation. Syed Ahmed Jamal has lived in the United States for 30 years. He works as a molecular biologist and has done significant research with the University of Kansas, Children’s Mercy, and Rockhurst University. When he’s not working, he volunteers regularly at his children’s schools, and is a leader within his faith community. He would leave behind his wife and three children, who are “devastated and fearful.” Add your name to our petition to help him and his family. Below is a letter from Syed’s son. Hello, My name is Taseen Jamal, and my father has recently been arrested, taken to the Morgan County, MO, jail, and is being considered for deportation. My little brother cries every night, my sister can't focus in school, and I cannot sleep at night. My mother is in trauma, and because she is a live organ donor, she only has one kidney, so the stress is very dangerous. She could die if he is deported. If my father is deported, my siblings and I may never get to see him again. He is an older man, and due to the conditions of his home country, he might not be able to survive. My father called us, and he was crying like like a little child because he was thinking about what would happen to us if he got deported. If he gets sent back to Bangladesh, his home country, he will be in grave danger, and people of his kind are persecuted there.  My dad could likely would face persecution or even death at the hands of radical Islamist extremist gangs back in Bangladesh due to his liberal and secular writings and postings on social media platforms and publications.   My dad being a US educated outspoken Western Liberal Secular Muslim, he could face a similar fate as those faced by many US educated Bangladeshi bloggers in the recent time.  He has been in the US for 30 years, and the law has kept him from gaining citizenship. He has helped throughout our community, and has a lot breakthroughs in science, many of which are still being researched. If he is deported, that research may never be finished, making a great loss to the field is science. We are the children of Syed Ahmed Jamal, and we are requesting on behalf of our family for your kind help to get back our father. A home is not a home without a father. Taseen Jamal

Marci Leuschen
109,101 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Eric Holcomb, Rick Niemeyer, Douglas Gutwein, Joe Donnelly, U.S. Department of State, Todd Young, Indiana State Senate, Indiana State House

No ICE Detention Facility in Newton County

It has recently been revealed through the press that Geo Group is considering building a for-profit private ICE Detention Facility in Newton County Indiana.  Local citizens are concerned and many have no desire for such an entity to be established in the community,  having seen the recent events if other nearby communities rejecting similar plans, and sharing the same concerns.  Many are especially concerned by recent zoning decision by the county commissioners to zone a large plot of land in Lincoln Township PGD. The petition was brought forth by El Dardo llc, otherwise known as Matt Anderson, a private citizens and owner of the property,  who sought the rezoning in order to make it "shovel ready," citing that he couldn't sell the property if the entity had to go to the trouble of seeking the zoning on its own. The Newton County Planning Commission (which Commisioner Drenth is a part of), voted unanimously against the petition,  however the county commissioners disregarded all concerns and unanimously accepted it less than a week later. This makes it possible for Geo Group to build this facility and the local community to have no say in the matter.  Lincoln Township is the largest residential community in Newton County. This facility would be surrounded by homes and just minutes from Lincoln Elementary School if it were to be placed at this site. Local residents want to know if this is the site Geo Group is looking into, and if so what will the elected leaders do to represent the best interests of the community. 

Ryan Farrar
1,704 supporters