Achieving Empowerment Together

Coalitions are organic by nature, growing and waning as issues evolve and new problems arise.

They also give birth to new organizations seeded with relationships we have built over time. Though CHIRLA can point to its own wins, our most enduring and significant successes have happened when we work towards a common goal in coalition with others.

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Most Active Regional Coalitions

California Table for Immigration Reform

Created in 2009 to connect the immigration reform movement across California. It consists of community, faith, immigrant, labor, and LGBTQI organizations working together to address immigrant issues through regional actions that result in national impact. Collectively, we strategize on Statewide campaigns that move us closer to legalization for our immigrant community.

Raids Rapid Response Network (RRRN)

Created in 2006 as a response to mass raids in factories, the LARRRN connects immigrants caught in enforcement operations with pro-bono and low-cost attorneys, works to shut down private, unaccountable immigration jails, and strengthens know your rights education throughout Los Angeles County. It consists of community, faith, immigrant, labor, legal and LGBTQI organizations.

Los Angeles Action Table

The LA Action table is a coalition of organizations working towards City and County policies that advance the rights, policies, and protections of immigrants. It was established in 2016 and is composed of community, faith, immigrant, labor, LGBTQI, and refugee organizations working together to dive into policy and engage directly with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level.

Our National Coalitions

  • We Are All America: This multi-sector national coalition mobilizes and aligns community organizations to work for local and state pro-refugee policies in accord with a national vision, helping train refugees as civic leaders to speak out in support.
  • FIRM: In response to the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, the Center for Community Change created the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support. CHIRLA’s push to include immigration led to creation of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). 
  • WAAA: CHIRLA was a founding member of the national We Are America Alliance (WAAA) established in 2006 to also promote electoral organizing that can lead to humane immigration reform.
  • CCIR: In 2003, CHIRLA co-funded the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR) to bring together labor and civil rights organizations to fight for full legalization.
  • RIA: In 2008, after the election of President Barack Obama, CHIRLA became an anchor organization of Reform Immigration for America, a national campaign to build support in the 50 states to overhaul the immigration system.
  • Healthcare for America: In 2008, as the movement to reform the U.S national healthcare system gained steam, CHIRLA became an active member of this national coalition seeking to build support for overhauling national healthcare.
  • National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA): In 2010, NPNA was founded by 12 of the country’s largest statewide immigrant advocacy organizations.  This partnership helps provide large scale services from, naturalization to voter registration and other immigration related services.
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance: In 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance was founded to advocate and promote the right of domestic workers in the US.

Our State Coalitions

  • CIPC: The California Immigrant Policy Center grew out of efforts to protect low-income immigrants in California. Founded in 1996 as the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative in response to measures that kicked immigrants out of federal welfare programs, it helped create health programs in California to include them.
  • Having Our Say: Created in 2008 to ensure the California legislature heard communities of color affected by a lack of healthcare as one united voice. It followed a failed effort to reform access to healthcare in the state that ignored the voices of immigrants and people of color.
  • Health 4 All: CHIRLA is a member of the steering committee for the Health For All Coalition, formed by CIPC to address exclusions of immigrants from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make healthcare accessible to everyone, regardless of status.
  • Californians for Economic Justice (CA4EJ): CHIRLA is a steering committee member of ​this diverse coalition of community and faith-based organizations that work to advance economic justice for all Californians, to improve the economic security of our communities.

Our Local Coalitions

  • EmbRACE LA: In 2016, EmbRACE LA was launched by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, to change and change the biases in our local neighborhoods and local government. 
  • Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ): CHIRLA is a member of the Inland Coalition For Immigrant Justice to engage in policy advocacy, community organizing and education, and rapid response to ICE and border patrol operations.
  • Shut Down Adelanto
  • Los Angeles Justice Fund: It is a public-private partnership created to assist people who are facing deportation and cannot afford legal assistance.
  • Promoting Unity Safety and Health in Los Angeles (PUSH LA): In 2019 data revealed that the LAPD Metro Division officers stop and arrest Black people at a rate more than five times their share of the city’s population. As a response PUSH LA was created to ensure that those who chose to protect and serve our community do so.

CHIRLA helped found these organizations

  • California For Human Immigrant Leadership Action Fund (CHIRLA Action Fund)
  • Movimiento de Inmigrantes en América (MIA)
  • Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON)
  • Mobilize the Immigrant Voice (MIV)
  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)
  • California Domestic Workers’ Coalition (CDWC)
  • National Domestic Workers’ Alliance (NDWA)

CHIRLA is a member of

  • Alianza TPS
  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
  • Blueprint for Belonging
  • Los Angeles Council on Immigrant Integration 
  • Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance
  • Los Angeles May Day Coalition
  • Million Voter Project (MVP)
  • One California
  • Los Angeles County Immigrant Integration Task Force