Press Room

January

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 21, 2011
 
Woman of the Year Recognition to Angelica Salas
State Legislature Honors CHIRLA Executive Director

Los Angeles– On Monday, the California State Assembly will recognize Ms. Angelica Salas with a “Woman of the Year” award.  Ms. Salas has been the executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) since 1999.  Ms. Salas sits on the Executive Committee of the Fair Immigrant Rights Movement (FIRM) and the Management Team of the national Campaign to Reform Immigration for America.  She is also a Board Member of America’s Voice and the National Immigration Forum, and of organizations including United LA, Los AngelesAlliance for aNew Economy (LAANE), and is the President of the CHIRLA Action Fund. 

The following is a statement by Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), a civil and full citizen rights organization based in Los Angeles.

“I am humbled and energized by this recognition.  My work with CHIRLA for more than two decades has been about justice, building coalitions, and enhancing the chances for success for immigrants and refugees in the United States.  Newer immigrant residents of the United States seek to carve out a space where hard work and equal opportunity are nurtured and rewarded the way they always were with previous generations of immigrants.

Under the current asphyxia that is paralyzing Washington, DC, my commitment is to continue working hand in hand with California’s leaders to strengthen immigrant integration programs, recognize the hard work of domestic workers, encourage those immigrant students seeking higher education to do so, and keep all Californians safely and lawfully driving in our streets regardless of their immigration status.

I thank Assemblyman Gil Cedillo for this honor and I stand proud today to represent those individuals who on a daily basis struggle to make our nation’s immigration laws more accountable, more humane, more American.”

The State Assembly session can be viewed lived via internet at http://www.calchannel.com/channel/live/3  starting at 11:30 a.m. (PDT)

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PARA DIFUSION INMEDIATA:
21 de marzo de 2011
Angélica Sálas Galardonada Como Mujer Del Año
Legislatura Estatal de California Reconoce a Directora Ejecutiva de CHIRLA

Los Angeles– Este lunes, en el pleno de la Legislatura Estatal de California, será reconocida con el Premio “Mujer del Año” Angelica Salas.  La Sra. Salas ha fungido como directora ejecutiva de la Coalición pro Derechos Humanos del Inmigrante en Los Angeles (CHIRLA por sus siglas en inglés) desde 1999.  La Sra. Salas es miembro del Comité Ejecutivo de la Fair Immigrant Rights Movement (FIRM) y el Comité Administrativo de la Campaign to Reform Immigration for America, la campaña nacional pro reforma migratoria.  También funge como Miembro de la Junta Directiva en America’s Voice, la National Immigration Forum, y organismos como United LA, Los AngelesAlliance for aNew Economy (LAANE), y como Presidenta de la Junta en CHIRLA Action Fund. 

Los siguientes comentarios son de Angélica Sálas, Directora Ejecutiva por la Coalición pro Derechos Humanos del Inmigrante en Los Angeles (CHIRLA por sus siglas en inglés), organismo sin fines de lucro fundando en 1986 para defender los derechos de los inmigrantes y refugiados en Los Angeles.

“Estoy conmovida y a la vez animada por este reconocimiento.  Mi trabajo con CHIRLA durante las dos pasadas décadas se ha tratado de la justicia, fomentar coaliciones, y mejorar el ambiente para que los refugiados e inmigrantes se superen en esta sociedad.  Los residentes inmigrantes que recién han llegado a este país buscan un rinconcito para forjar sus anhelos y quecon trabajo fuerte y una oportunidad podrán hacerlos realidad, así como se hicieron realidad los anhelos de tantos otros inmigrantes que llegaron antes de nosotros. 

En California, y en momentos en que la asfixia paraliza a Washington, DC, me comprometo a seguir trabajando con los líderes de este gran estado para fortalecer los programas de integración para los inmigrantes, reconocer la gran labor de las trabajadoras domésticas, fomentar los sueños de los estudiantes inmigrantes que quieren ir a la universidad, y asegurarnos de que todos los Californianos manejemos de una manera segura y legal sin importar nuestro estado migratorio.

Le agradezco al Asambleísta Gil Cedillo por hacerme este reconocimiento y lo acepto en nombre de esas personas que día a día lucha luchan por hacer de nuestras leyes de inmigración unas más responsables, más humanas, más estadounidenses”.  

 

La Asamblea Estatal de California entra en sesión de trabajo a las 11:30 a.m. (PST) y se puede observar a través de este enlace http://www.calchannel.com/channel/live/3 .

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CHIRLA's staff and board of directors met mid-January to evaluate our past year's work and strategize and plan for this year's agenda.  Staff is ready and energized about our goals and objectives and passionate about serving our community locally, state-wide, and nationally. 

Check out some of this year's retreat pictures.

Raul, Maria, Rey, Myrna, and Carl pose for album picture.

CHIRLA's staff and board meet to evaluate and plan our work.

 

Part of the process is to look at our Stregnths, Weaknesses, Opportunities. and Threats.

Heidy, Sylvia, Altagracia, and Myrna watch presentation intently.

Joseph, Maria, Rey, and Raul participate in group discussion. Beth scribes behind them.

Round robins are fun!!!

Facebook allows non-profit organizations such as CHIRLA to open a PAGE with unlimited Friends. A page allows an organization a few more features. 

CHIRLA is happy to announce we now have an organizational page in Facebook and we are inviting you to "LIKE" us and let others know about it. 

The full (and long!) name of the page is:  Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).   The link to go directly to our page is below.  Make sure to visit and LIKE us.  (We thank Will Colley for his tip on opening a PAGE).

Click here to go to:  Facebook Page: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

The Van Nuys membership group gathered to strategize and celebrate its fifth anniversary.

The City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department are doing the right thing by administering the department's check-points policy of impounding cars of unlicensed drivers. The modification will allow unlicensed drivers detained at a check-point to call a licensed family member or friend to drive the car away limiting the high cost of impounding the auto for 30 days. Opponents, cry wolf and argue public safety is at stake. No proof exists to indicate that unlicensed immigrant drivers are more of a danger to society than drunk drivers or teens learning to drive, for example. An interview with NBC illustrates this ongoing controversy.

View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.

 

Telemundo 52- KVEA announced the launch of “Enfoque Los Angeles,” a local weekly version of Telemundo’s public affairs show. Hosted by seasoned award-winning journalist Jose Ronstadt, the program tackles a myriad of issues affecting the Hispanic community in Southern California, including politics, immigration,education, culture, health and economy.

The weekly half-hour show airs every Sunday at 11:30 AM on Telemundo 52. “Enfoque Los Angeles” features analysis, interviews and an in-depth look at the most pressing issues affecting the Hispanic community in Los Angeles today. The episodes focus on immigrant rights, the fight for immigration reform and the challenges that our viewers face for this election year.

Special interviews will be held with Angelica Salas, Executive Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Pablo Alvarado; Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network; CHIRLA and NDLO, two of the leading national organizations in the fight for immigration reform and Latino rights, among others.

“With the launch of “Enfoque Los Angeles” we are reinforcing our commitment to provide the most comprehensive coverage of the topics and issues that are relevant to our community. We are confident that “Enfoque Los Angeles,” hosted by our renowned journalist Jose Ronstadt, will become the premier source of information and a prominent voice to all Latinos living in Southern California,” said Jose Cancela, President and General Manager of Telemundo 52.

Read more: Hispanic PR Pro

CHIRLA’s Annual Fall Membership Drive will run from October 7 – November 1, 2013. This year, your commitment has resulted in some incredible wins! After many years of fighting we are celebrating Governor Brown’s signing of multiple pro-immigrant bills. With your help, CHIRLA has been a leader in these efforts and is proud to announce the signing of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the Safe and Responsible Drivers Act, and the Trust Act.  As a founder and member of the California Domestic Workers Coalition, CHIRLA’s Household Worker Committee has fought for this bill since 2006. Since 1994, when the licenses of undocumented immigrants were taken away, CHIRLA has worked with partners and allies to restore this right. This year, we have been heavily involved with the bill’s author and our allies to win passage of the Safe and Responsible Driver Act and CHIRLA worked hard to win the Trust Act.  But it is only the activism of immigrant communities that truly makes these wins possible and only our vigilance will help implement and protect them.   

For the first time since 1986, a comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the US Senate. Now the house MUST act to take up the Senate bill or to introduce its own bipartisan bill.  We are closer to winning reform than we have ever been and YOU are making it happen. Become a CHIRLA Member today to make immigration reform a reality!

If you joined during our annual drive last fall, it’s time to renew your membership. CHIRLA members are active in over 100 activities each year and members receive benefits including discounts and legal services. Click here to see our members in action.

WE MUST CONTINUE TO SHOW OUR STRENGTH:

Become a CHIRLA Member today and receive information about the issues you care about and ways to participate in events where immigrants show their strength, such as Get Out the Vote, May 1st March, and Immigrant Day in Sacramento. In order to fight for immigration reform and to combat anti-immigrant sentiment, we need to show our political leadership that we are a mobilized, informed constituency that will hold them accountable. By joining CHIRLA, you will be an important part of our advocacy efforts.
    

CHIRLA Membership Categories and Benefits:

Active ($25 minimum):
- Includes: Low-wage Workers, Students, Supporters.
- Benefits: Join a CHIRLA Committee; Free workshops and trainings; a CHIRLA Photo ID card (must attend 3 meetings); Voice in the political process; 1  on 1 support and referrals; discounts on Gala tickets, legal services, and more.

Partner ($100 minimum):
- Includes: Community based organizations and other partners.
- Benefits: Link and logo posted on CHIRLA website which receives 6 million hits annually; Priority recipient of CHIRLA’s original research; Reduced / free CHIRLA events (up to 6 Gala tickets at a discounted rate, a $150 value); trainings and technical assistance from CHIRLA staff.

Ally ($100 minimum):
- Includes: Immigrant-owned and pro-immigrant businesses, churches, law firms, etc. and Individuals who would like to give at this level.
- Benefits: Link and logo posted on CHIRLA website which receives 6 million hits annually; Priority recipient of CHIRLA’s original research; Reduced / free CHIRLA events (up to 6 Gala tickets at a discounted rate, a $150 value).

Educator for Immigrant Rights ($100):
- Includes: K-12, College, Community or other Educator
- Includes: Action emails; Volunteer Opportunities; Link to faculty or other web page from CHIRLA website which receives 6 million hits annually.  Priority recipient of CHIRLA’s original research; Reduced / free CHIRLA events (up to 6 Gala tickets at a discounted rate, a $150 value).


 

 

 

 



 

If you joined during our annual drive last fall, it’s time to renew your membership. CHIRLA members are active in over 100 activities each year and members receive benefits including discounts and legal services. Click here to see our members in action.

WE MUST CONTINUE TO SHOW OUR STRENGTH:

Become a CHIRLA Member today and receive information about the issues you care about and ways to participate in events where immigrants show their strength, such as Get Out the Vote, May 1st March, and Immigrant Day in Sacramento. In order to fight for immigration reform and to combat anti-immigrant sentiment, we need to show our political leadership that we are a mobilized, informed constituency that will hold them accountable. By joining CHIRLA, you will be an important part of our advocacy efforts.

- See more at: http://www.chirla.org/chirla_membership#sthash.72B4QV8z.dpuf

 

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