From its beginning, CHIRLA organized and mobilized working-class immigrant families to encourage them to advance their own interests as those in government discussed policies affecting them. We work with families as a whole, encompassing members of different ages, sexual identities, ideologies, and immmigration status to help them realize their uniqueness and abilities. This is how our members gain the skills to help change their communities for a better future.
Our groups meet regularly to receive updates on federal, state and local policies that affect them, and mobilize to call lawmakers, testify at hearings, and use social media to express their opinion.
We develop our members into leaders to build community, teaching them to speak for themselves and lobby lawmakers. We also conduct workshops on their rights as they confront immigration officials, as well as how to talk to the media and how to plan activism campaigns in their region. Among the topics explored:
If you want to join an organizing group, see below for schedules and contacts:
Member and core leader meetings on the last Monday of the month. For information, contact Donna Serna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canyon Country group meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Palmdale group meets on the third Thursday of the month. Lancaster group meets on the fourth Monday of the month. AVC core leaders meet on the second Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Patricia Salazar at email@example.com.
San Fernando Valley
Van Nuys group meets on the second Friday of the month. Canoga Park group meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Pacoima group meets on the third Thursday of the month. SFV core leaders meet on the last Sunday of the month. For more information, contact Maru Galvan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member and core leader meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Antonio Bernabé at email@example.com.
San Bernardino group meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Fontana group meets on the third Friday of the month. Core leader meetings once a month. For more information, contact Mireya Suarez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group meeting once a month. For more information, contact Mariela Jaquez at email@example.com.
Because of COVID-19, organizers are giving members information on tenant rights, as well as available aid and resources for which they can apply. Watch the CHIRLA En Tu Casa livestream on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on our Facebook page.