Lessons from Orange County

Boosting Civic Participation

The success of a cross-issue collaborative in the county highlights lessons for philanthropy about boosting community organizing, voting, and leadership development.

There is a powerful and promising trend under way in cities and counties throughout California. People and organizations are coming together across traditional dividing lines to build power in communities that don’t…

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Eric Cohen

“Immigration Makes Us Better”

Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s Eric Cohen talks about how immigration contributes to a thriving democracy, and why it’s so important to support immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

Across the nation, 8.8 million immigrants are eligible to apply to become U.S. citizens. In this video, Eric Cohen, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), describes the importance of…

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Maricela Gutiérrez

“This Moment Calls for Us to Step Up.”

SIREN Executive Director Maricela Gutiérrez talks about the stress and uncertainty facing immigrant communities, and the support people need to stay safe and successful.

With anti-immigrant sentiment on the rise following the 2016 elections, Bay Area immigrants began to look for safe havens where they could find solidarity and support. Many ended up contacting SIREN (Services, Immig…

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