Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

Come and Find the Quiet Center

1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

Faith In Action Team (FIAT)

At the recent Issue’s Assembly of the North Bay Organizing Project, we the members, voted on the issues to concentrate on for the next two years. The issues selected are:

    • Housing and Homelessness
    • Immigration
    • Environment and Transportation

    Task forces are being formed to research each issue and decide on actions steps to make a difference in each area. If you are interested in helping on one of these areas, please come to the next meeting, Monday, February 12, 6:00-7:30 at First Congregational Church UCC, Santa Rosa. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month.

    FIAT announces the North Bay Rapid Response Network:

    Rapid Response training will be held at the Community Church on Saturday, March 3.

    An opportunity to Put your Faith into Action

    Here is a great chance to put our faith into action to help support people effected by Immigration Raids. There will be a training for the North Bay Rapid Response Network for Sonoma and Napa Counties:

      • The Community Church of Sebastopol
      • March 3, 9:30-11:30 am

      There are 3 different trainings available that morning. You are welcome to participate in one that is interesting to you. Then you can decide if you want to participate further.

      Employer and Employee Know your Rights; This training will help people know what their legal rights are if ICE comes to the workplace.

      Legal Observer Training; This training is for those who are willing to be part of a team who responds directly to the site of an ongoing ICE raid to bear witness to what is going on, take notes or video of the raid.

      Accompaniment Team; This training is for those willing to be a part of a team of about 5 people who offer ongoing support to a victim and/or their family, such as rides, making appointments, connection to social services to help with food, housing or whatever the needs are.

      This is a great opportunity for us to become more informed about and become involved in issues facing our neighbors right here in Sonoma County. Please come and invite others to come with you.

      You can make a difference!!

      To sign up for the sessions or for more information, contact Susan Shaw at or 707.481.2970.

      The rapid response network provides a way for people to respond to fear and anxiety in our community as a result of the increase in immigration enforcement, ICE raids and other attacks against our communities. The network provides a 24 hour hot line (707-800-4544) to immigrants facing a raid by federal immigration agents, dispatches trained legal observers to the raid location, provides legal defense to affected communities, and offers accompaniment to victims and families following the raid.

      Legal Observation Teams are made up of MigraWatch-trained observers who respond directly to the site of an ongoing ICE raid. Observers bear witness to immigration enforcement actions and provide data for the network and the victim's legal defense. There will be more trainings for legal observers, and there are other ways to be involved. Contact a member of the FIAT for more information or go to the North Bay Rapid response Network facebook page.

      FIAT: Help for the Undocumented

      The tragedy of recent wildfires has hit our undocumented immigrant community especially hard. Ineligible for any aid from FEMA, and prey to skyrocketing rents for replacement housing, these families who are vital to our community, need our help. The UndocuFund was started by three local nonprofits. 100% of donations go to help undocumented fire victims with lost wages, short term rental assistance/security deposits and more. More info and how to donate is available at their website.