Volunteers for Citizenship Day 2016


The Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative is hosting Citizenship Day 2016 to provide free citizenship application assistance to eligible lawful permanent residents. Based on the current estimated application processing time from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), applicants who apply by April 2016, should be able to vote in the November Presidential Election.

We are recruiting community members, attorneys, paralegals, translators, law students, high school students, and college students to volunteer on Citizenship Day, Saturday, April 2, 2016, and a follow up workshop on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Both events will be at San Jose City College, General Education Building, 2100 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128. We will be assisting participants from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. 

We need volunteers to assist with registration, logistics, form filling, translation (mainly Spanish and Vietnamese), and attorney review.

Shift 1, we request that volunteers who will be assisting with registration and logistics arrive by 8:30 AM; and for volunteers who will be assisting with form filling and attorney review arrive by 9:30 AM.

Shift 2, we request all volunteers arrive by 12:30 PM.

If you are interested in volunteering, please do the following:

Sign up by registering here; and
Attend one of three volunteer trainings at 6 PM on either March 16, 23, or 30 at the ALA office, 991 W. Hedding Street, Suite 202, San Jose, CA 95126. However, if you previously attended citizenship training or you are an immigration attorney, you do not need to attend a volunteer training session.
Thank you and we hope to see you on April 2 and/or April 16!

For any questions, please contact Judy Hinh Wong at ALAVolunteerCoordinator@gmail.com.

Agenda – March 21, 2016

I. Welcomes, Introductions
II. Officer Reports

  1. President (Alex Wara)
  2. Membership Director (Emily Ramos)
  3. Political Director (Justin Carvalho)
  4. Treasurer (Charles Wilson)
  5. Secretary (Kathy Tran)

III. Old Business

  1. CDP Convention

IV. New Business

  1. Membership List
  2. Endorsements

V. Announcements

VI. Adjournment

Minutes – February 22, 2016

I. Call to motion

President Alex Wara called for a motion at 7:58 PM for the meeting to start. Colleen motioned, Lucas seconded.

II. Candidate Meet & Greet

Candidates were allocated a total of 30 seconds to speak for the meet and greet event. Listed below is the order in which candidates went.

  1. Mike Honda (Proxy)
  2. Ro Khanna
  3. Ash Kalra
  4. Vicky Vinker
  5. Marc Berman (Proxy)
  6. Sergio Jimenez
  7. Elias Portales
  8. Peter Allen (Proxy)
  9. Chris Roth
  10. Eric Fong
  11. Helen Chapman
  12. Ruben Navarro
  13. Josh Barousse

Colleen then made an important announcement that was pertinent to the candidates running for San Jose City Council that a forum on homelessness will be held on April 18th, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Boccardo Reception Center, 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose. For more information or to rsvp, please contact Destination:Home at info@destinationhomescc.org.

III. Officer Reports

  1. President Alex Wara: A new rule regarding outreach for endorsed candidates will now go into effect. Please send the eboard materials/notices 3 days ahead of events such as walks or fundraisers.
  2. Political director Justin Carvalho: He was absent but Alex reported for him the endorsement timeline.
  3. Membership director Emily Ramos: She explained the membership process.
  4. Treasurer Charles Wilson: We are still in the black.
  5. Secretary Kathy Tran: Sign up for committees. I’m regularly updating the website and posting on facebook. A lot of information should be present on the website.

IV. Old Business

Regarding CYD, we have a special rate for SVYD members who want to attend convention. The general cost is $65 but for SVYD members, we are offering $30 off. Email Emily for more information at emily@svyd.org.

As for hospitality suites, the Young Dems reception is at the Pagoda Lounge at the Fairmont. Assemblymember Evan Low has an event at the Tech Museum.

V. New Business

Scott Meyers Lipton has a Gross Receipts Business Tax proposal that he wants our club to endorse.

Lucas Rameriz moves to endorse a motion for discussion. Noveed seconded the motion. There was a call to question.


12 Aye, 0 Nay. The proposed measure is officially endorsed by SVYD.

VI. Announcements:

  1. Mario Lopez: State of County Address by Dave Cortez
  2. Andre M. and Ellen K.: API dems are hosting Karaoke Night upcoming Saturday for convention. A cosponsor is Fiona Ma. This event is happening Saturday 10 pm – 1 am at the Hyatt.
  3. Noveed: Upcoming PYD Dems meeting. FB page is here: https://www.facebook.com/PeninsulaYoungDemocrats
  4. Josh B: CYD Pagoda Event hosted by the Latino Caucus
  5. Elias P: 2017 Democratic State Party vote for Kimberly Ellis

VII. Adjournment:

Motion called to adjourn the meeting by Alex, seconded by Elias. Meeting adjourned at 8:44 PM.