Friday, May 13, 2016, CURRENT U.S. IMMIGRATION LAWS, POLICIES…AND MORE,William Ong Hing, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco; Professor Emeritus, U.C. Davis  

Noon, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club

333 Country Club Drive, Santa Rosa

Members: $31; Non-members: $36  

Reservations due 5/6


Professor Hing will address the current framework of U.S. immigration laws, including temporary and permanent categories, requirements, and numerical limitations, with illustrations and examples. Given the United States’ proximity with Mexico, particular policies that relate to Mexican immigration will be addressed. Other topics for discussion will include the DREAM Act, the challenge of unaccompanied minors entering the United States from Central America, and how policies such as San Francisco’s sanctuary city program relates to federal enforcement efforts. A comparison of how other countries handle immigration challenges such as refugee flows also will be reviewed.


Professor Hing teaches Immigration Policy, Rebellious Lawyering, Evidence, and directs the USF Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Clinic. His books include Ethical Borders--NAFTA, Globalization and Mexican Migration (2010); Deporting Our Souls--Values, Morality, and Immigration Policy (2006); Defining America Through Immigration Policy (2004); and Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy (1993).




Tursday, May 26, 2016, CUBA AND THE UNITED STATES…PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE, Alex Saragoza, Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Berkeley

7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV free: Visitors $5



In March 2016, both President Obama and the Rolling Stones visit Cuba. Change is certainly afoot in this island nation! Find out for yourself where things now stand in Cuba; how the U.S. is involved and affected; and what the prospects are for the future. We expect that you will find our speaker’s personal perspective interesting, informative, and entertaining. 


He earned his Ph.D. from UC San Diego in Latin American history.





Noon, Fountaingrove Inn, Camelot Room

101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa


Members: $30; Non-members: $35


Reservations due 6/3


Cheryl Jennings’ work has taken her around the world to such places as Mexico, Kosovo, South Africa, Korea, Israel, the West Bank, and Afghanistan. Cheryl most recently was granted an exclusive interview in Afghanistan with President Ashraf Ghani. She is the first Western journalist to interview him inside Afghanistan.


Cheryl went to Kosovo twice. Her six-part series on the children of Kosovo earned her an Emmy nomination. In 2003 Cheryl co-founded “Pennies for Peace,” a campaign to help mend the ravages of war. “Pennies,” an offshoot of the Marin-based “Roots of Peace,” invites children to donate their change to help de-mine the playgrounds, soccer fields, and schools in Afghanistan. Jennings reported on it from Afghanistan in 2005. This unique child-centered peace program was honored by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.


Ms. Jennings began her television career as a night reporter at ABC/KGO TV in 1979 and worked her way to the anchor desk and host of her own show, “Beyond the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings.” She is part of the news team honored with two of the highest awards in broadcasting: the George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the Radio Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow Award for the 1989 coverage of the earthquake. Cheryl has won three Emmy awards: for a show on caring for aging parents, for a report on a camp for children with AIDS, and a third for a segment of the television program, “Straight Talk N’ Teens,” hosted by teens who were trained and mentored by Cheryl.




Thursday, June 23, 2016, THE RULE OF LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS CRIMES AROUND THE GLOBE, C. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability, San Francisco


7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV free: Visitors $5


The Center for Justice and Accountability seeks to deter torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other severe human rights abuses worldwide.


Before becoming Executive Director, Mr. Osburn served as the Director of the Law and Security program for Human Rights First where he led efforts to align U.S. counterterrorism policies with the rule of law, achieving significant changes in policy and practice regarding Guantanamo, torture, and armed drones. In 1993, he was cofounder and Executive Director of Service members Legal Defense Network, a national security and human rights organization that spearheaded the effort to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” and end sexual orientation discrimination in our armed forces. Dixon currently serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, on the Working Group for the Halifax International Security Forum, and is a member of the Campaign Board for the Victory Fund. 


Dixon Osburn received his J.D./M.B.A. from Georgetown University and his A.B. with distinction from Stanford University.




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Reservation and Cancellation Policies.

Luncheon and Annual Dinner reservations have become increasingly popular and are filling our venue capacities more rapidly than ever. While this is greatly appreciated by the WACSC Management Board, it requires the implementation of some practical controls, as follows:

Reservations must be cut off one week before the date of the event. If your reservation is received after the published deadline it will be returned and your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Cancellations will be honored if you call us at 707-573-6014, at least 48 hours before the event. This same number can be used to ask questions about WACSC programs and policies. You will receive a refund in the mail. If you need to cancel less than 48 hours before the event we cannot issue a refund because your meal will be charged to the Council. Cancellations made before the 48 hour deadline may allow members on a waiting list to attend.

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