Organized by: Silvia A Brandon-Pérez
Some of our cases (names changed for the protection of the individuals
February 24, 2016
I am a former attorney and full-time volunteer and social activist. I am seeking money to fund an advocacy clinic that I run as part of the South Hayward Parish in Hayward, California, a 501 (c)(3) organization that has been around for fifty years.
We help people with language issues and with all sorts of forms and help including immigration, social security, poverty issues (food stamps, cash aid), benefits for homeless individuals, and defense of elders and domestic violence victims, among others. We are helping the people who fall through the cracks, and although we accept donations gladly, we need to hire someone to help answer the phone, schedule appointments, complete simple forms, and translations or interpreting.
We need to get a decent photocopier and a decent printer, because in general our equipment is donated because it was not working very well in the first place... We are presenting Know Your Rights workshops for immigrants in local schools and other locations. So far we have held four 2-hour workshops, and several one-hour workshops for local residents. We have created forms for distribution, in English and Spanish, and sometimes our host copies them but sometimes we bring our own; the cost of copying, cartridges, etc. is sometimes prohibitive.
Some of the funds may be used for publishing a newsletter and booklets, or to help with the payment of expensive filing fees for immigration applications. We also would like to hold citizenship and ESL classes, but again, right now this is all being done by one person only. Also, we participate in vigils for immigrants and other events, and contribute translation and interpreting for events against displacement and gentrification, or for workers' rights.