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Lessons from California

| by Robert Ross in Immigrant Rights

Successes of California's Grass-Roots Activists Offer Lessons for All Grant Makers

CEO of The California Endowment, Robert Ross, and Vice President of Programs at the Haas, Jr. Fund, Cathy Cha offer insight on Manuel Pastor's book, State of Resistance.

This piece was originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. There is a lot of talk these days about how California provides a counternarrative to the divisive, ill-considered policies of the federal gov…

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Statement on Family Separation and Detention

| by Jennie Lehua Watson in Immigrant Rights

Philanthropy Responds to Inhumane Family Separation and Detention Policies.

More than 200 institutions sign a statement in support of children and families seeking refuge in the United States.

This statement was originally published by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR).  In an effort to punish immigrants crossing the Southern border of the United States, the current adminis…

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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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NC DREAM Team: Undocumented, Unafraid

California Funders Stand Up for DREAMers

| by Jennie Lehua Watson in Immigrant Rights

Joint statement highlights “devastating impact” of ending DACA for California and the nation

Haas, Jr. Fund and other funders denounce White House DACA decision, call on philanthropy to speak out and do more for DREAMers.

This statement was originally published by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR).  Statement The Trump Administration announced the termination of Deferred Action for Childho…

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Why I Am Hopeful

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

Reflections on a Café with a Mission

In a column for Philanthropy News Digest, Vice President of Programs Cathy Cha lifts up some reasons for hope in a challenging environment for the work of social justice.

This article was originally published in Philanthropy News Digest. It all started with an email from a friend late last year. She said she was concerned about the tone of our politics and the direction in which o…

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Daniel Torres

Director of Immigrant Integration, State of California

The son of Mexican immigrants, Daniel Torres is leading California’s efforts to ensure that the state’s 10 million immigrants are welcome and can find opportunities to thrive.

How does your life experience shape the work you do? The experience of growing up in an immigrant family and community shaped how I see my work. The values that my parents held also informed my view of world. My par…

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