In California, the local and regional responses in support of immigrant communities have varied during the COVID-19 crisis. Thousands of immigrants have found themselves either deemed essential workers without adequate protections or have lost their source of income and are uninsured. Some are either unable to or fear accessing basic necessities such as health benefits, food banks, and COVID-19 information.
Immigrant-led and serving non-profit organizations are shifting to meet the needs of communities, particularly those who are marginalized and at heightened risk. Facing internal challenges including financial stability, and the need to pivot critical programs, such as census outreach and broader civic engagement to virtual platforms, makes their jobs harder at a time when their communities need them most.
Join GCIR to learn from leaders in the immigrant rights movement on how philanthropy in California can effectively increase grantmaking dollars, shift grantmaking practices, embrace risk, and assert leadership to meet the challenges of this moment.
- Angelica Salas | Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
- Arcenio Lopez | Executive Director, Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
- Cynthia Choi | Co-Executive Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
Zakaria (Zack) Mohamed |Steering Committee Member, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP)
- Aryah Somers Landsberger | Vice President of Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
- Stephanie Martinez | California Programs Associate, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees