CHIRLA (The Coalition for Humane Immigrants’ Rights of Los Angeles) was founded in 1986. CHIRLA is a non-profit organization that is registered under 501 (c) 3 and the donations are taxed up to the extent permitted by the law.
It is a leading entity in California with a national impact that is made up of diverse immigrant individuals and families that act as agents for social change with the goal of achieving human rights, freedom of immigrants and participatory democracy. Its mission is to create a just society that is accommodative to immigrants.
The organization serves both individuals and institutions and forms coalitions to transform the public opinion and change unfavourable policies on labour, civil, and human rights. It is guided by three principles in its actions; love, vision, and power.
It serves the immigrants of Los Angeles in various programs of civic engagement, leadership development, and legal services in the community. It has a policy for direct leadership and the participation of immigrants has created meaningful advocacy for the rights of immigrant workers and economic justice in the society.
CHIRLA is dedicated to an educated active electorate. It has a civic engagement department that works towards achieving this goal. In 2004, the civic department reached out to a total of 1,200 first time American voters using phone bank. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
The main goal is to ensure that they make the right choice on the ballot box with regard to a leadership that recognises human rights, civil rights and the rights of immigrants.
The CHIRLA Immigrants in Action campaign targets registered voters of six regions in California that includes Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Valley, San Joaquin Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Central Valley.
CHIRLA conducts door to door campaigns passing across a pro-immigrant message. The civic engagement work of CHIRLA continues to grow as it expands across the state. Learn more about Jim Larkin Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The Board of Immigration Appeals recognises CHIRLA to offer immigration legal services at a low cost to the members. All the volunteers and legal staff are supervised by trained paralegals, licensed attorneys, and representatives who are BIA-accredited.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. They dedicated the settlement money from their arrest to fund organizations that advocate for migrants rights.
The funds will also support groups that are advocating for civil and human rights in Arizona and at the Mexican border. The two dedicated the $3.75 million settlement towards these activities.
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