The new year continues to kick off with exciting programming here at NCG. Staff is very excited that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will be a speaker at the upcoming March 9th NCG program Seize the Moment: Immigration Relief and Bay Area Communities.
In 2011 Jose wrote an essay published in the New York Times Magazine revealing that he was an undocumented immigrant. The move to detail his life as an undocumented immigrant in such a public way stunned media and political circles—many of his close colleagues were completely unaware of his immigration status—and attracted international coverage. Since then, Jose has been the most high-profile undocumented immigrant and an advocate for immigration reform in our country.
In Conversation on Immigration Relief
Late last year President Obama announced an executive order to address immigration in our country. An estimated 4.9 million undocumented immigrants, including the some 4.1 million immigrants whose children already have legal status, are expected to receive relief from this order.
At our upcoming program Seize the Moment, panelists will discuss the impact of the executive order on immigration and communities throughout the Bay Area.
Panelists Jose Antonio Vargas, The California Endowment President and CEO Dr. Bob Ross, and UC Center for Undocumented Student Legal Services Executive Director Maria Blanca will be moderated by San Francisco Foundation FAITHS Program and Civic Engagement Officer Tessa Rouverol Callejo.
NCG is pleased to partner with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and our members the Latino Community Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation to present this timely conversation on an issue that directly impacts our local communities.
Immigration is an issue that cuts across issue areas and communities. It affects education. It affects health. It affects workforce development. It affects families and communities.
We hope you will join us on March 9th at Seize the Moment: Immigration Relief and Bay Area Communities.