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.

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. Multi-language: Pakistani 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. Multi-language: Arabic Member RIF, Refugee & Immigrant Forum

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Asian Immigrant Women's Advocates (AIWA)
AIWA's mission is to empower low-income, limited English speaking Asian immigrant women workers to stimulate positive changes in their workplaces, communities and broader society. AIWA works with women workers employed in the garment, hotel, restaurant, electronics assembly and other low-wage industries in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose, Santa Clara County. Key Words: ALLIES8, Workers' Rights, Employment, API, SCC Multi-language:

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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. Key Words: Mental Health, Social @billydefrank https://www.facebook.com/billydefrank Key Words: SCC, ALLIES8

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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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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 Key Words: Allies8

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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: Hindi Key Words: Ethnic, cultural competence, social, mental health ALLIES7, ALLIES8

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Japanese-American Citizens League
JACL has 112 Chapters across the nation. Community service includes advocacy or assistance on civil rights and sponsoring of cultural, educational and recreational activities. Member benefits include membership in a credit union, group health insurance, group discounts, scholarships, etc. The SJ Chapter owns the Issei Memorial in SJ Japantown for community use. Multi-language: Japanese Key Words: Ethnic, immigrant integration, Asian, Education, Financial Aid, ALLIES8, API, Asian

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LUNA (Latinos United for A New America)
LUNA was created in order to significantly improve the quality of life of Latino families (especially non-English speaking immigrants) and the future of Latino children. Our vision is to create a world where all Latinos can live dignified lives, full of opportunity and free of poverty, persecution and racism. Key Words: ALLIES8

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Lead Filipino
We are a community organization of students, adults, and families based in San Jose, CA. We design and provide programs that educate Filipinos/as on civic leadership, public interest issues, and our ethnic history in the United States. From our signature Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit, to our 8-week summer Awareness in Action Program (AAP), and a variety of partnerships in key advocacy campaigns, LEAD Filipino aims to increase the visibility of Filipinos/as in public leadership across communities. Multi-language: Tagalog, 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 American Community Services Agency (MACSA)
Serving the Latino community, MACSA's core values are based on mutual respect and cultural appreciation. The services include counseling, educational programs, programs for seniors, prevention and intervention, and health and safety. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Mental Health, 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: Armenian, Assyrian, English, Farsi, French, Spanish 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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SCC Voter's Choice Act
Starting with the Presidential Primary on 3/20/20, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is modernizing voting and providing voters with greater flexibility and convenience. Some of the Changes: *Every registered voter will receive a Vote By Mail ballot starting 29 days before Election Day *Voters can vote at any of the Vote Centers in Santa Clara County *Approximately 25 Vote Centers will open for 11 days including Election Day and approximately 100 Vote Centers will be open for 4 days including Election Day for a total of 125 Vote Centers throughout the County on Election Day Multi-language: Chinese | Spanish | Vietnamese | Tagalog | 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, ALLIES3

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Sewa Bay Area
Sewa Bay Area is one of the most active Sewa chapters with a wide range of projects and activities like Case Management, Serve community projects partnered with local nonprofits, the Lead high school community service program, and a summer mentorship for college students. This chapter continues to grow and help families in the San Francisco Bay Area regardless of color gender, race, religion, or national identity. Key Words: East Indian, Service, Asian, Volunteer, ALLIES8

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Silicon Valley Asian American Voices
Voices is a multimedia project that facilitates education and advocacy on policy issues that impact Asian American immigrants. Sponsored by Asian Law Alliance Key Words: ALLIES8, API

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Silicon Valley’s Asian community mobilizing for 2020 Census, civic engagement issues
6/18/19 With the theme “Stepping Up to 2020,” hundreds of community members attended the 2019 Silicon Valley Asian American & Pacific Islander Civic Leadership Summit held June 8, at Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose, California. Several Silicon Valley community-based organizations, public officials, activists, legislative staff, faculty members and students discussed civic engagement, and the challenges and issues affecting the Asian community in the U.S., with a major focus on issues with the 2020 Census and the importance of engaging the community in voter registration. Key Words: ALLIES8, SCC, Demographics, Civic Engagement, API

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Smart Voter
Smart Voter is one of the most comprehensive and reliable sources of unbiased information for voters on the Web. The service is made available to the public through partnerships with the League of Women Voters and election officials of various states and local communities around the US? Smart Voter's technology and central operations are managed by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, a non-partisan nonprofit organization. Key Words: ALLIES8

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Somos Mayfair
Providing direct services to the community and organizing residents to take collective action. Program areas: Engaging the community in dialogue: Using popular theater, supporting families to meet basic needs: Promotores (community educators) work with over 200 Mayfair families each year. We nurture a shared community identity and support collective action to impact policies and build power. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Latino, Latinx, SCC, Immigrant Integration, ALLIES7, ALLIES8

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South Bay First Thursdays (SBFT)
SBFT is a volunteer-run organization that holds events on every first Thursday of the month to discuss topics relevant to the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) community. SBFT exists to inspire and educate the public about API contemporary issues and culture through networking, dialogue, and community building. SBFT is program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Santa Clara County's largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community. Key Words: Ongoing event, ALLIES8

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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. Key Words: ALLIES8

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The Role of Contact and Values in Public Attitudes Toward Unauthorized Immigrants
4/19 This report from the American Immigration Council seek to analyze the reasons why people are likely to hold particular attitudes about immigrants. Just as with any other public issue, attitudes about immigrants are wrapped up not only with individuals’ personal characteristics, life experiences, and beliefs about a wide range of other issues, but also some of their personal values and the type of contact that they have with immigrants. Key words: Undocumented, research, ALLIES8

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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, , API Offices in San Jose and Stockton, CA Multi-Language: Vietnamese

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Voter Registration - National
Official U.S. Government Online Voter Registration site. Key Words: ALLIES8

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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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What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census
4/1/19 The federal government is getting ready to ask some personal questions for the 2020 census. By next April 1, the Census Bureau plans to send a letter or a door knocker to every U.S. household. It's part of a once-a-decade tradition of counting every person living in the U.S. Key Words: Demographics, 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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