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Celebrate with POP!

Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!) invites you to celebrate the progress we have made so far!

Please RSVP and invite others!

We know there is still so much work we must do to make Pasadena a real progressive city. But we have accomplished a lot in the short time we’ve been around and we want to celebrate with you!

  • We passed an immigration policy preventing local police from acting as ICE.
  • We fought for $15 and won! And now we are working to implement the minimum wage increase.
  • We helped prevent the loss of much-needed affordable housing and we are fighting to increase the affordable housing stock in Pasadena.
  • We raised over $6,000, stopped the deportation and secured the release of Carlos Ortiz, long time Pasadena resident, from ICE detention.
  • We continue to advocate for local and state policies that make Pasadena & California beacons of hope & progress.

This is a great opportunity to meet POP! members, learn what we are working on and what our goals are for the future.


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We are hosting a DACA Renewal Clinic!


POP! has joined several of our partners to host a Free DACA Renewal Clinic on October 1st from 1- 6 PM at the Pasadena Community Job Center. Help us spread the word —  send this to students, teachers, community organizations, etc. Share it on social media! 


Who qualifies to renew? Any current DACA recipient whose work permit expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. But time is running out, all applications must be received by October 5, 2017.  

There is a $495 renewal fee that must be paid to the “Department of Homeland Security”, if you wish to support a DACA recipient or volunteer at the clinic, contact


POP! se ha unido a varias organizaciones para tener una Clinica gratuita de renovación de DACA el 1 de Octubre del 2017 en el Pasadena Community Job Center. Ayudenos a difundir la noticia — dejele saber a estudiantes, maestros, organizaciones comunitarias, etc. que tendremos esta clinica totalmente gratis.


Hay un costo de $495 por cada renovación de DACA que se debe pagar al “Department of Homeland Security”,  si usted desea ayudar a algún joven con el costo de la renovación 0 si quiere ser voluntario para la clinica, por favor contacte a

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Progress for Pasadena Immigrants!

Together with NDLON (National Day Laborers Organizing Network) and CLUE-Pasadena (Clergy and Laity United for Economic justice), POP! had its first major victory with Lizbeth Mateo as Lead Organizer on March 27, 2017.

Dozens of Pasadena residents and clergy gave public comment urging the Pasadena City Council to strengthen their current/proposed immigration policy regarding collusion with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). ICE has been a force of terror in immigrant communities across the country, forcing many into hiding, unable to report crimes, including domestic abuse and rape.

POP’s organizing efforts recruited many of the people who gave comment as well as expert legal services in crafting the proposed language of the improved policy that the council unanimously voted yes to strengthen – even beyond the lengths that some municipalities that call themselves “Sanctuary Cities” have gone.

But as of this writing, the fight is not completely over. Securing our language in the final policy remains to be done, and has just been proposed in a letter emailed to all Pasadena City Council members on April 3. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER AND URGE HIM OR HER TO SUPPORT OUR PROPOSED LANGUAGE for the new immigration policy our city leaders agreed to strengthen.

With this achievement, Pasadena goes a long way toward setting the moral and just standard for the USA when it comes to protecting law-abiding immigrants from deportation.

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