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Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success
This is a collective of advocates at local college campuses in the area (Cuesta, Cal Poly, Allan Hancock). Your donations provide direct support for students through DACA renewal and adjustment of status fees, funding for professional development, and other educational expenses. There is an urgent need specifically for DACA renewals due to the changing legal landscape.
SLO County UndocuSupport
SLO County UndocuSupport is a coalition of organizations and
members who came together in April 2020 during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide financial support for local immigrant families, including undocumented and mixed status immigrant families who were left out of federal pandemic relief programs. As of November of 2022, we have distributed $463,000 through our partner agencies for undocumented and other immigrants to assist with rental and utility payments, transportation, groceries, and health needs.
Freedom for Immigrants
implements visitation programs at the detention centers to help alleviate the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit driven system.They
advocate for the end to immigration detention centers and the implementation of community-based alternatives.
6 episodes on Netflix
(60 min. each)
Released August, 2020
Co-directors Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz’s six-part series offers a complex, 360-degree view of the American immigration system, combining in-depth research, empathetic storytelling and bold investigative journalism into a uniquely urgent humanitarian appeal.
We envision a country where all people, regardless of immigration status, are treated with respect and dignity, and have access to a fulfilling and prosperous political, economic and social life.
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CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
Did you know that calls to elected officials on any given issue are tallied? Those numbers can be an important indicator about where voters stand on a particular issue, and provide evidence of voter support when your legislator is debating the issue with colleagues.
The landscape is constantly changing on immigration issues. We make it easy to advocate! Check our facebook page often for updated scripts. We will let you know who to call, provide you with contact information, and tell you what to say.
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Learn About Immigration Detention and Visit Immigrants Being Held in Detention
Mesa Verde (Bakersfield), and Golden State Annex (McFarland) are private-for-profit detention facilities in Kern County where asylum seekers and people contesting their deportation orders are detained. A volunteer group, called Kern Welcoming and Extending Solidarity to Immigrants (KWESI), runs a volunteer-based visitation program offering people friendship and a connection to the outside world.
On this trip, you will learn about the immigration detention system, and what advocates are doing to close down these detention centers. Someone from KWESI will meet with the group and share about the work they do. If visitation is possible the day you make the trip, you will have the opportunity to visit someone who is in detention.
If you are interested, you can send a message to Jan Meslin. You do not need to be able to speak Spanish in order to visit.
You can also learn more about the immigration detention system by visiting the Freedom for Immigrants website.
The mission of Via Café (based in Tijuana) is to connect people across borders. "Escuela Amistad" is one of the virtual programs that Via Café offers. It's an online language school for practicing real life conversations in Spanish. You’ll not only have the opportunity to practice your Spanish with a language buddy from across the border, you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the border and gain a new perspective of someone from another culture! The money you pay to take the classes supports the language buddy you are working with. You can read the stories of the current language buddies here.
Dan Watman (bottom row center) has worked as a Spanish instructor for over 20 years. A longtime resident of Tijuana, Mexico, Dan sees the purpose of language instruction as helping students establish meaningful friendships with native speakers.