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NEWS FROM THE HAAS, JR. FUND     |    March 29, 2022
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The Power of Community Leadership

Dear Friend,

Over the years, the Haas, Jr. Fund has had the honor of working with numerous organizations that are building power and leadership in their communities. From young undocumented immigrants speaking out for full inclusion to Black communities confronting racism, community leaders are demonstrating that we can find solutions to our toughest problems if we listen to impacted people and support their ability to organize and speak out—and lead.

Today, the Haas, Jr. Fund is carrying forward this commitment to leadership across all of our programs, from Immigrant Rights and Democracy to College Success and LGBT Equality.

Cathy Cha Signature
Cathy Cha

President & CEO

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Robert Joseph

Vice President of Programs

Immigrant Rights
Supercharging Advocacy for Immigrant Rights

The Haas, Jr. Fund’s Robert Joseph talks with Angelica Salas about her impressive advocacy work to advance immigrant rights with CHIRLA.

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Mapping the Way to Power

How multi-racial, community-based coalitions in Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Other Counties led the way to fairer political maps.

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New Vice President
Welcome, Mark Orozco

With a broad range of experiences in investments, finance, and management from A to Z, Mark brings new energy and expertise to Haas Jr.

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What We’re Reading & Celebrating
News from the Field
  • Congratulations to Seasons of Sharing and its brilliant leader Zev Lowe, for their 2021 fundraising haul—a record $16.7 million to help our Bay Area neighbors in need. This translates to over five million meals and more than 5,600 months of rent for struggling families.
  • Kudos to the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) for tirelessly advocating for health care and food assistance for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. These provisions are now included in the Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2022 Budget. Read more.
  • New research from the Center for Inclusive Democracy features findings from a multi-method analysis of the level of Black voter turnout and the overall voting experience for Black Californians during the 2020 General Election. The big headline: The gap in voter turnout between white and Black Californians continues to grow. Read the report here.
  • Earlier this month, Haas Jr. co-hosted a virtual statewide convening with the California Student Aid Commission and the California Postsecondary Funder Collaborative. The convening brought together higher education, nonprofit, and private sector leaders to promote effective implementation of the state’s new Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP). This program provides low-income public college and university students with financial support to cover their college costs and gain valuable professional experience. Read more about LAEP here.
  • A new report by MapLight demonstrates the significant role played by wealthy donors and outside money in Oakland elections. A coalition called Fair Elections Oakland is trying to change that. Read more.