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'All Immigration is Local': Philanthropy’s Role in State and Local Advocacy

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
10:00am - 11:15am PST
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Grantmakers Concern with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) invites you to join and learn about coordinated policy efforts across the states, a unique model for building farmworker power in Florida, and how advocates in Tennessee defeated anti-immigrant legislation. There are many opportunities across the country for funders to support organizations building power and driving change—bring your ideas and questions!

While national headlines are dominated by federal immigration policy—family separation, the border wall, the Muslim ban, public charge—many of the day-to-day realities of immigrants across the country are informed by state and local policies. Organizations across the country are seizing the opportunity to rewrite the rules in support of their communities and are pushing back against state and local efforts that mirror punitive federal policies.

Today, policy and organizing efforts are leading to meaningful outcomes while also setting the benchmark for long-term advances in immigrant inclusion and justice. Efforts include campaigns to expand access to driver’s licenses and higher education, limiting local police collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and advancing fair working conditions for farmworkers.




  • Lucas Benitez & Marley Monacello, Fair Food Program, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
  • Naureen Shah, Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, Policy Director, Tennessee Immigrant Rights Coalition (TIRC)
  • Ericka Williams, Senior Director of State Policy Initiatives, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)



  • Kevin Douglas, Director of National Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)


Pre-webinar Resources

If you have questions about rules on foundation support of advocacy and lobbying activities, read the United Philanthropy Forum’s guidance here and access the Alliance for Justice Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook here.



Registration closes at 4 p.m. PST, Monday, December 9, 2019.





Current SCG Members: $0

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