ALLIES Immigrant Integration Goal

8. Civic & Community

Participation in Civic and Community Life is critical to an individual’s integration into society. Civic integration is a two-way process involving learning and adaptation by both immigrant communities and receiving communities. Broadening an understanding of diverse perspectives and cultural resources ultimately strengthens both the immigrant and receiving communities, and increases the entire community’s capacity to adapt and respond to a changing global environment.

The resources listed below are organizations and other information in support of this goal.

ASPIRE
The first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country housed under Asian Law Caucus based in San Francisco Bay Area. The mission of ASPIRE is to empower undocumented Asian Pacific Islander youth and young adults to educate, advocate, organize, and mobilize for the rights of immigrant families. Key Words: ALLIES8

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American Muslim Voice
The AMV Foundation is committed to connect people from all walks of life. Through education and social interaction we will erase our fears and will joyously accept each other so we can celebrate our diversity. Based in San Jose, CA

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American Red Cross - Silicon Valley Chapter (ARC-SV)
Classes in disaster preparedness and response, health and safety, first aid, and childcare. Emergency assistance for victims of home fires and natural disasters. Fire prevention and community education programs. International Services - Family Reunification. San Jose office serves Santa Clara County. Key Words: RIF

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Arab American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley (AACC-SV) Amaan program
2017 the Arab American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley (AACC-SV) launched the AMAAN Charitable Foundation to serve Refugees. Arab American Cultural, Artistic and Social programs Community outreach to the 28,000 Americans of Arab decent in Santa Clara County Promoting, conducting and sponsoring Cultural and Artistic events in the service of the Arab American community in SCC. Member RIF, Refugee & Immigrant Forum

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Atzlan Academy
The Academy engages scholars, writers, artists, philosophers and folklorists to enlighten its membership while it sustains some of the oldest cultural traditions in this continent. The Academy's activities are geared to create and express the Mexican/Chicano social experience inspiring young children, entertaining the public, offering performing opportunities, and exploring venues to preserve the local MESTIZO artistic heritage. It is also involved in social issues that affect our communities. Key Words: ALLIES8

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Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center
Our mission is to provide a broad array of opportunities and programs, and a spirit of community that celebrates the many facets of our constituency. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ages and backgrounds find resources and support services that are not available elsewhere, including: Library, Free Cyber Center, Art Exhibits, Social Events, HIV Testing, Counseling and weekly Spanish AA meetings. @billydefrank https://www.facebook.com/billydefrank

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California Online Voter Registration
The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election. If you submit an application after this time, your application will still be processed for future elections. To register online you will need: *Your CA driver license or CA identification card number * the last four digits of your social security number * your date of birth. If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview. Multi-langage: | Spanish | Chinese | Korean | Hindi | Tagalog | |Vietnamese | |Japanese | Khmer | Thai | Key Words: ALLIES8

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Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program
Each year the Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each. Recipients must have lived for at least 2 years in one of these Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma or Yolo. Recipients must commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute twice and volunteering 10 hours for CLF after being selected. Key Words: University, College, Higher Education, Financial Aid, ALLIES5, ALLIES8

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Context Matter: Latino Immigrant Civic Engagement in Nine U.S. Cities
2010 report by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, highlights San Jose as a model for immigrant integration. Key Words: ALLIES8

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Eritrean Community in Santa Clara County (ECSCC)
It is estimated that over 5000 Eritreans currently reside in Santa Clara County. ECSCC acts as a link between its members and American society. New Eritrean arrivals are provided with information to help them adjust in the America. ECSCC provides adult and youth workshops, organizes cultural shows, picnics, celebrates Eritrean national holidays and provides support in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. Multi-language: Eritrean Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Refugee, Africa, RIF

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Ethiopian Community Services
Translating legal documents and interpreting for clients in court, hospital, and government offices. Information and referral to help clients to understand, and access resources in areas of housing, welfare, legal, education and employment. Other: resume development, employment listing’s, job search and training programs, placement services, rental references, and representation at agencies. Multi-language: Ameharic, Oromiffaa, & Tigrigna. Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Advocacy

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ICAN-International Children's Assistance Network
To engage and inspire Vietnamese Americans to make a difference in their lives, families and communities through culturally competent social programs. We envision building a Vietnamese American community where everyone is Engaged, Informed, and Inspired to make a difference. Local family support, counseling, disaster response, translation, Key Words: Allies8

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IRCC (Immigrant Resettlement and Cultural Center)
Serving the SCC community since 1979, providing social services ranging from housing assistance, job skills training, English language classes for new immigrants. Providing meals for homeless in the Santa Clara County. Along with Vietnamese culture heritage and art museum preservation. Multi-lingual, Twitter: @irccsanjose

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India Community Center
ICC has facilities in both Santa Clara and Milpitas. Information & Referral (both Indian and mainstream), free legal clinic, free medical clinic, free ayurveda clinic, free behavioral health clinic. Activities for children, teens, adults, and seniors in the Indian Community. Multi-language: Key Words: Ethnic, cultural competence, social, ALLIES8

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Judge Orders Santa Clara To Be Broken Up Into Voting Districts
7/23/18 The city of Santa Clara has never elected an Asian-American city council member since the charter was adopted in 1951, this is despite the fact that Asians make up 40 percent of the residents. Santa Clara will be split into six voting districts in future elections under the new order issued by the Santa Clara County Superior Court Monday. In the past, residents voted in an at-large election system, meaning all voters could vote for all of the council members. Richard Konda and the Asian Law Alliance helped bring this case against the city under the California Voting Rights Act. Key Words: ALLIES8

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MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
An inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. Ethnic, Multi-language: Mexican, Spanish, Key Words: ALLIES8

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Mexican Heritage Plaza School of Arts and Culture
Offers quarterly after school and summer sessions in visual and performing arts, and provides a multi-cultural and inter-cultural venue for community events and programs that embrace all cultures, while exploring the artistic traditions, cultural history, and contemporary creative expression of Mexican Arts. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Latino, folklorico, San Jose, SCC

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Mi Familia Vota
Mi Familia Vota is a national 501(c)(4) civic engagement organization that advocates on social and economic issues that impact the Latino community, from immigration to workers rights. Since our founding, Mi Familia Vota has integrated local organizing, leadership development, advocacy and building broad community partnerships with our voter engagement work; focusing on local,state and federal elections. Comprehensive immigration reform, education, healthcare, workers' rights, climate change and the environment, and voter rights have been the core issues at the heart of our work, locally and nationally. The result has been a deep connection with the local Latino community and a strong sense of empowerment from the voters we have helped to create and mobilize. Offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: ALLIES8

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Muslim Community Association (MCA)
In addition to being open for prayers five times a day, MCA provides several social services, Career Services, Legal Clinics, Medical Clinics, Weekend Islamic School programs, Dawah, Family counseling, Youth and Women's services, Visiting scholars, etc. Multi-language Key Words: Islam

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PACT-San Jose
PACT's mission is to empower everyday people to create a more healthy and just society by winning victories for the community - not by speaking for them, but by teaching people how to speak up and take action in the public arena through grass roots organizing. PACT represents more than 50,000 people through it's member organizations: PACT is an affiliate of the PICO National Network, one of the largest grassroots community organizations in the US, representing more than 1,000 religious congregations, schools, and neighborhood institutions and 1,000,000 families in 150 cities and towns. Key Words: Collaboration Multi-lingual: Spanish

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PARS Equality Center
PARS Services: immigration legal services, social services, tax preparation, job placement, employment and professional career networking, housing, advocacy, ESL and citizenship classes Key Words: Iranian, Persian, refugees, asylees, Member of SCC Refugee and Immigrant Forum (RIF) Multi-Language: Farsi Key Words: Allies2, Allies8, RIF

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Payvand Iranian Community
A local 501C-3, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization. Our mission is to integrate and empower the Iranian-American community by promoting arts and culture in the Bay Area. We bring educational services, scholarships and various cultural activities to the community. Serving: Santa Clara County, Persian, Youth, Iranian Federated Women's Club Key Words: Financial Aid Multi-language: Farsi

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Raising Teens in a New Country - Guide
This guide covers topics that often come up in families raising teenagers in the U.S. such as discipline, dating, driving, and cultural identity. It aims to remind newcomers that every parent worries for their children and most teens face these challenges. At this time, the guide is only available online. Published by Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS). Multi-language Spanish| Arabic Key Words: ALLIES8

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SCCVOTE Mobile App
Easy-to-use election tools for Santa Clara County voters. Find your polling place, see what contests are on your ballot, and read about the candidates and measures to help you make an informed decision at the polls. Also, check to see if you are registered to vote and track your Vote by Mail ballot. Take control of your voting experience and make your voice heard on Election Day. Key Word: Election Key Words: ALLIES8

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Services, Immigration Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
SIREN provides free and sliding scale citizenship, legalization and advocacy services to the immigrant community in Santa Clara County, CA. General Phone (408) 453-3003. Immigrant Q&A Line: English & Spanish: (408) 453-3017, English & Vietnamese: (408) 453-3013 Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Multi-language, Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Key Words: Know Your Rights (KYR), DACA, VAWA,

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South Bay Islamic Association
In addition to prayers, SBIA provides Islamic School programs, Homeless Feeding, Islamic Funeral services, Family Night, and more.

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Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, Inc. (VIVO)
VIVO is a nonprofit, community-based organization providing services to over 100,000 residents in Santa Clara and San Joaquin counties in Northern California. Our bilingual/bi-cultural services include: Senior Program, Youth & Family Programs, Health Education, English-as-a-Second Language, Computer Skills Training, Employment Placement, Citizenship Classes, Community Advocacy and more. Key Words: ESL, Asian, CBO, Offices in San Jose and Stockton, CA Multi-Language: Vietnamese

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Voto Latino
Voto Latino is a pioneering civic media organization that seeks to transform America by recognizing Latinos innate leadership. Register to vote on site and also receive e-mail alerts with elections dates. We provide culturally relevant programs that engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change. Together, we aim to build a stronger and more inclusive democracy. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Vote, voting, : ALLIES8

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Working Partnerships USA
Working Partnerships USA is a community organization that drives the movement for a just economy by bringing together public policy innovation and the power of grassroots organizing. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth and vibrant democracy. Key Word: Interfaith, Leadership Institute, Health Care, ALLIES8

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