A Haas, Jr. Fund photo essay in partnership with Pop-Up Magazine’s Brand Studios celebrating the work of Bay Area community leaders
Pop-Up Magazine’s Brand Studio partnered with the Haas, Jr. Fund to spotlight 12 Bay Area nonprofit organizations working to advance rights and create opportunities for all people. Keep scrolling to find out more about each organization and learn how to support their work.
For queer folks of color, folks who are gender nonconforming or non-binary, and folks who don’t have a lot of economic means, their road to lived equality—not just equality on paper, but actual equality in life without being burdened by their status—is a lot longer than it is for others with relative privilege. At Horizons, we can’t stop working for real, lived equality until everyone is able to experience it.
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
This is the civil rights movement of our time as immigrants and refugees are being purged from this country. And young people are ready to lead our movement. They’re fighting against climate change and domestic terrorism, and for gun law reform and voting rights. I tell folks that Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network was made for this moment.
Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth
We need to define positive ways to help our children instead of pushing them out of schools. Educate them regardless of what the injustices are. We’re building campaigns that we can implement in our school system to hold folks accountable. We’re fighting together to make things better in our community.
Ms. Mildred Coffey
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
My whole career has been about trying to fight economic and racial inequities. My grandmother was a refugee and lived up until her early 30s without any legal papers, without a country to call home, and poor. My work is partly feeling connected to that history of being stateless and then finding a home.
I’m an older student, undocumented, queer. And for a long time I thought those descriptions were disadvantages. Through my art, I came to understand that being undocumented led me to be interested in social justice. Being an older student led me to become an advocate for higher education. Coming out to my family helped me understand that I need to tell the truth about who I am. Everything has led me to something bigger.
Spark* SF Public Schools
What fills me with hope is the resilience of my ancestors and all they endured for me to be here. What I have within me is the resolve to continue their legacy. We all hold that as African American people, as people of color. Thinking about my parents, my grandparents, my great grandparents gives me so much strength. Getting students to see that power within them? That’s my job.
Dr. Vidrale Franklin
Chronicle Season of Sharing
My mom got injured at work and couldn’t pay our rent. I was about 8 years old. The S.F. Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund helped us with funding to get by. Years later, when I first saw an article written about our situation in the San Francisco Chronicle, it made me cry; as a child, you don’t really understand what’s going on. After seeing that article, I knew I wanted to work in social services and do something for my community. My mom’s former social worker is now my boss.
Transgender Law Center
I’m trans. I’m hella brown: Mexican indigenous and half-Filipino. My parents were in and out of incarceration until I was 16. All nine of my uncles were locked up in San Quentin or Folsom or Soledad. And I was incarcerated as a youth. The more queer I got, the more politicized I got, which led me to become a prison abolitionist. I’m fighting for the safety of black trans women. To me, that’s the most urgent crisis here in America as it relates to trans people. Being part of a beautiful, trans-led team fighting for those issues is, in itself, beautiful and rewarding.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
This is one of the only group campsites in San Francisco. We have 5,000 to 7,000 campers each year and serve students across the Bay, as far north as Vallejo and as far south as San Jose. We provide all the group gear for campers, including tents. It’s so important for there not to be a barrier for people coming out to camp and spend time in the park. For a lot of students, it’s the first time they’ve seen the Golden Gate Bridge or the ocean. I love seeing their expressions, like, Wow, we’re here.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
I’ve been living in Oakland Chinatown since ’95. Before that, I lived in Guangzhou. I don’t run away from problems. I confront them. And Asian Pacific Environmental Network creates a space for me to do that. I go to City Council meetings to advance things that we care about. I learned that we can speak out when we are unsatisfied with what is happening in the community. This is justice. In China, we cannot do that, so we cannot make a change.
陳穗綺 Chen Sui Qi (Jessie)
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
On October 11, 2017, I got a call from my husband telling me, ‘I’ve been detained by ICE.’ My first thoughts were: What was I going to tell my daughters? When would we see him again? Part of my job is supporting families who have a loved one in detention—like I did. I got my bachelor’s in psychology, my master’s in criminal justice, and I saw myself doing probation work. I wanted to work for this criminal justice system. After being on the other side, after going to see my husband in the detention center, after being treated the way that we were treated, I don’t see myself doing anything other than this.
Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley
I stand for equity, for respect, for humanity. It’s great that the Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley exists and that we’re seeing the impact, but we can’t shy away from the fact that it exists because the system is intentionally broken. In the future, I hope there is ultimately no need for an undocumented student program, because it would be everyone’s responsibility to make sure these students are supported. It would be embedded in work across the campus.
Photography by Gabriela Hasbun.