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Milpitas Democratic Club Hosts Immigration Forum

Photo taken by Nasir Lalani



On Saturday, November 3, the Milpitas Democratic Club hosted an Immigration Forum at the Milpitas Police Department. 

Panelists included Zahra Billoo (Executive Director of The Council of American-Islamic Relations), Armando Corpuz (Chief of Police for Milpitas), Reverend Jeff Moore (President of  San Jose/SV Chapter of the NAACP), Maria Love (Director of Santa Clara County’s Office of Immigrant Relations), Gurudev Sandhu (Executive Director of Gurudwara Singh Sabha), and Marty Riker (a Mechanical Engineer at Applied Materials). 

Vidya Ullal, a Management Consultant in High Tech & Head Speech Coach at Saratoga High, served as moderator for the event. 

As it was a few days before the November 6 election, some City Council/Mayoral/School Board candidates were also present to deliver statements throughout. 

Organized by the club’s President Deepka Lalwani, the panel conversation took on many different dimensions, delving into some of the panelists’ personal family experiences with immigration, along with different ways of understanding and approaching immigration in the present and into the future. Here are a couple of clips from the discussion:





Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.


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