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Immigration and Transgender Rights

March 3rd, 2017

We would like to provide some materials that may be useful for anyone concerned about immigrant rights. We have a packet of information from the National Immigration Law Center, available to download directly here or from their website. This includes printable cards that can be used during an encounter with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, a reminder of our basic rights under the U.S. Constitution, and suggested strategies for people detained by ICE. In addition, there is an immigration rights workshop at SF Friends School (250 Valencia Street) this Saturday, March 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

In addition, we feel that the recent move to repeal transgender rights for students at the national level sets a dangerous tone, even though protections are still in place in certain states such as California. We want to be clear that, in accordance with the values of our mission and the law stated in California Assembly Bill 1266, we stand with transgender members of our CDS family. Although AB1266 was written specifically for public schools, we feel it should apply to students everywhere. We are still broadening our gender education from our professional development session with Gender Spectrum last October, and we will continue having age-appropriate discussions with students about gender identity. This is one of the many important ways in which we celebrate our diverse CDS community.

Along these lines, all CDS students have the right to identify their own gender and, subsequently, join the teams and use the bathrooms that align with their gender. We realize this may raise questions, as we continue to expand our understanding of the spectrum of gender and as some of us are still getting used to using “they” and other non-binary pronouns into practice. To address any questions and hear your thoughts, we are planning an adult information session in the near future. Meanwhile, there is a wealth of information at GenderSpectrum.org that can address many questions now. You are also welcome to contact Molly (molly@cds-sf.org) or Anthony (anthonyw@cds-sf.org) with questions at any time.

Respectfully,
Molly Huffman
Anthony Witte