• October 17th, 2019 - 30 Years Later

    Va stand down 9 11 11 lakshmi blog

    In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, I am sharing my experience of that event as a Red Cross...

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  • 2020 Census - Everyone Counts

    2020 I Count Census
    The SC County Refugee and Immigrant Forum is making plans to support the 2020 Census by letting people know that EVERYBODY who is in the U.S. on April 1st should be...

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  • SCC Service Providers Learning Stress Reduction Techniques

    SCC Service Providers Learning Stress Reduction Techniques

    On February 23rd, 25 people from 13 different agencies attended a workshop at the American Red Cross in San Jose. Participants included Counselors, Social Workers, Teachers, and other Service Providers who work with immigrants, refugees, asylees and others living with chronic stress and anxiety.

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  • Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

    I have always loved the Day of the Dead. At first I was attracted to the surface “bling” of this popular Mexican holiday. I love the colors, the beautifully decorated altars, paisley...

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  • Families Belong Together

    On June 30th, at rallies all over the country, people gathered together to send a message. I was able to participate in two of the Santa Clara County events. I was again inspired...

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  • Self-Care in Difficult Times


    These are difficult times for immigrants and refugees. Since January 2016, there have been a steady stream of Executive Orders removing protections and rights for a population that was already vulnerable. The good news: Just...

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  • September 5th - A Day of Sadness and Support for Dreamers

    When the fate of DACA was announced. local politicians were joined by Dreamers and their advocates (long term as well as newly created) to prepare for a long battle. These photo slide shows from September 5th convey the diversity and determination of the Dreamers and the people who gathered to remind them that they are seen, they are valued and they are not alone.

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  • SCC Supports Immigrants with Expanding Rapid Response Network

    These are times when political interests frequently override basic humanitarian concerns. On Wednesday we were reminded that in Santa Clara County, there are still some adults in charge. Humanitarian government policy, resource allocation, and community compassion show SCC immigrants that no matter where they came from, they are welcome here now.

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  • 65 Great Messages of Love at the Unity Rally in San Jose

    65 Great Messages of Love at the Unity Rally in San Jose

    The citizens of Santa Clara County are blessed to live in a place where people of all ages, colors, religions, ethnic groups, and ways of life will come together when called and reaffirm our commitment to stand up for each other.

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