L.A. For All
Los Angeles County is a symphony of voices, a tapestry of dreams. Whether from Oaxaca or Oklahoma, Philadelphia or Phnom Penh, people migrate here to create better futures for themselves and their families.
The county’s 3.5 million immigrants are a defining part of our identity, our culture and our economy – contributing nearly $233 billion in 2014. In an environment where our immigrant neighbors feel increasingly under threat, the California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the L.A. For All Initiative. CCF is committed to strengthening efforts that expand and protect immigrant rights, increase access to legal services, promote application for citizenship and promote trust between immigrant communities and the media.
L.A. For All is comprehensive and community focused, including partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector partners. It supports efforts among nonprofit organizations to empower and protect L.A.’s vulnerable immigrant populations.
CITIZENSHIP AND KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Nearly 800,000 L.A. County residents are eligible to become U.S. citizens. CCF has partnered with L.A.’s most prominent immigrant rights organizations, elected officials, philanthropic organizations and media companies to educate and encourage eligible Angelenos to apply for citizenship through the ¡Protégete!…¡Ciudadanía Ya! /Protect Yourself! Citizenship Now! and to know their rights through ¡Protégete!…¡Empodérate Ya! /Protect Yourself! Empower Yourself! campaigns. Since 2015, Protégete has helped thousands of Angelenos transform their lives through citizenship and empowerment.
INCREASE ACCESS TO LEGAL DEFENSE
More than two-thirds of people appearing in immigration court do so without legal representation, some as young as three years old. Immigrants who have contributed to their communities for decades now face sudden upheaval and the prospect of family separation. The L.A. Justice Fund, a partnership between Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, the Weingart Foundation and CCF aims to promote justice and preserve families by increasing access to legal representation and counsel to Angelenos facing deportation proceedings.
FOSTER TRUST BETWEEN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES AND MEDIA
Fear among immigrant communities about new federal immigration policies has led to a decrease in immigrants reporting crimes to law enforcement, immigrants unenrolling themselves and/or family members from health and safety net programs, and less economic activity among immigrant-serving businesses. These dynamics contribute to an unraveling of immigrant communities’ sense of security and their prospects for socio-economic advancement. Media has a key role to play in educating and helping to integrate immigrant populations with information that enables them to feel more confident about their future and less afraid. At a time when reliable and trustworthy information is critical, media has an opportunity to build trust within immigrant communities.
Everyone benefits when immigrants are able to keep their families safe and contribute to their communities. By supporting L.A. for All, you can help build our county’s shared prosperity by tapping into the passion, entrepreneurship and limitless potential of those who dared to dream.
To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for L.A. For All. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.