IMMIGRANT, REFUGEE AND BORDER-BASED LEADERS RECEIVE GRANTS TO VISIT STATE CAPITOL

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April 23, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Foundation for Change announced $15,000 in grants to 15 local organizations in the Immigrant, Refugee & Border-Based Communities to attend Immigrant Day in Sacramento on May 21.  Grants of $1,000 each cover travel expenses for grantees, participation in a pre-event Orientation, Media Advocacy session at the Equality Alliance in May and a debrief session, in June. 


The grants have been awarded to: 

African Coalition Workforce  
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB)
Center for Social Advocacy (CSA), for San Diego County     
Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of SD County          
KAREN Organization of San Diego    
License to Freedom    
Proyecto de Casas Saludables
Somali Youth United  
UURISE          
United Taxi Workers of San Diego     
Youth And Leaders Living Actively (YALLA)           
Council of Philippine-American Organizations (COPAO)      

TA Providers/Capacity Building Providers

California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)   
Equality Alliance of San Diego County          

According to Andrea Rocha, Program Officer at the San Diego-based Foundation for Change, “the Foundation for Change is very pleased to be working collaboratively with its grantee partners, for the second year, on this important day in Sacramento.  There is great energy in the San Diego immigrant, refugee and border-based communities around going to Sacramento together with a common agenda for change and justice. We look forward to meeting other California organizations that share our common concerns and we look forward to coming back home, strengthened by the experience.” 

This Foundation for Change program ensures that San Diegans will be represented in Sacramento by a united immigrant rights community with a common message for change.  Grantees of the Foundation for Change will also serve as media spokespersons, representing San Diego's diverse immigrant & refugee communities.  For more information on Immigrant Day, please consult CIPC’s website: www.caimmigrant.org