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Breaking Through the Noise

| by Matt Foreman in Immigrant Rights

Research Effort Aims to Uncover How to Build More Support for Immigrants

Immigrant rights organizations, grassroots groups, and funders are combining in-depth conversations with quantitative research to find out what truly drives immigration opinions—and how to shift them.

Anti-immigrant rhetoric, fear-mongering, and violence have reached epidemic levels. Many people are understandably concerned that our nation has become hopelessly divided on the issue of immigration. The perception…

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Dreaming Higher

Investing in California’s Future by Investing in Undocu­mented Students

Interview with Cal State University San Bernardino President, Tomás D. Morales, on helping undocumented students and their families navigate public higher education.

Today, 11 million undocumented people live in a state of constant uncertainty and fear that they could be ripped from their lives and the people they love at any moment. And yet these aspiring Americans continue to…

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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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Power to the People

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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