The East Bay Community Foundation vehemently opposes the President’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DREAMers are our co-workers, classmates, and neighbors. Their status is the result of selfless families who put their livelihoods at risk to provide a stable future for their children – a concept that is not foreign to many Americans. Telling DREAMers to leave the only home they have ever known – rip them away from their families, jobs, and civic responsibilities is not only irresponsible but cruel. We, as Americans, are better than that.
At EBCF, we are lucky to live in one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the country. Over 100 different languages bind together our justice-seeking community that is fiercely determined to see all members of the East Bay community thrive. As the center of philanthropy in the East Bay, we have created the Building East Bay Immigrant Power Fund, in response to the recent executive orders and decisions that threaten equitable opportunity for broad classes of immigrants. This fund serves as an investment vehicle that leverages the generosity of the East Bay community to strengthen grassroots organizations that are actively serving immigrant communities through policy advocacy and civic engagement, as well as legal, health, and social services.
Additionally, a newly emerging Immigrant Rights Alliance in Contra Costa County has developed a community-driven solution called Stand Together CoCo. Working in partnership with the California Endowment, EBCF, the Richmond Community Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and the Y&H Soda Foundation, this initiative seeks to ensure that all people in the county – regardless of citizenship or immigration status – are protected from actions and policies that result in disparate, discriminatory, or unlawful treatment. The Building East Bay Immigrant Power Fund supports grassroots efforts, including Stand Together CoCo, to assist families impacted by immigration policies. Community-driven solutions are critical and allow for effective responses to situations like the DACA decision. When we stand up for the rights of the most vulnerable – we ensure that the “American Dream” is within reach for all.
In light of September 5th’s DACA decision, here are a few quick ways you can stand up for the East Bay’s immigrant community:
- Give to EBCF’s Building East Bay Immigrant Power Fund and boost the work of grassroots nonprofits that are dedicated to realizing a Just East Bay for all.
- Contact the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors at (925) 335-1900 to express your support for Stand Together CoCo.
- Call your members of Congress and demand their public support of the DACA program and opposition to any measures to rescind it. Need their contact info? Use this resource to get started.
- Tweet us @EastBayCF and let us know if you took action on behalf of your community members. Together, we can make a fair and equitable East Bay, a reality.
- BONUS ACTION: Call the White House as well as additional elected officials and demand that they protect immigrant youth.
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