Message From the Executive Director, June 4th, 2020

Dear Friends, Last night I listened to Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd’s young daughter, speak through painful tears. While she spoke at the podium, Gianna, their sweet, beautiful, 6-year-old child stood with her. Roxie said that George was a good man, and that their child was proof of his goodness.  It was just heartbreaking.  I realized that this child would never see her father again.  I feel sick, and heartbroken, as I remember her words.  George Floyd was a victim of a crime that should never have occurred, and the tragedy is something we cannot comprehend.   What happened was cruel and horrific, and it must never happen again.  Too many Black lives have been taken in this country, and it needs to end now.  Our Black community members have been and are being murdered with impunity in  our communities.  La Raza Centro Legal decries these unjust killings.  We stand with our Black family members and friends, as allies, since we cannot afford to remain silent at a moment like this.  Black lives matter and we stand together today and going forward; we cannot remain silent with so many innocent people being killed in our midst.  To remain silent would equal acquiescence, and this cannot stand.   It is no longer sufficient to say we are not racist.  We must take action to show how we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Black loved ones.  As your community legal aid office, we stand for justice, truth, integrity, and the bright future and promise of our young people.  Stand with us now, and rather than donating to La Raza...

Message from the Executive Director, April 7, 2020

Message from the Executive Director, April 7, 2020 I hope you are well and that during this time of shelter-in-place, you and your families and housemates have adjusted and developed a new sense of normalcy.  I’m writing today’s message from my home office, a little corner of my upstairs closet, with my desk sitting under a sunny window.  The sounds of a tree trimming crew and a mechanical wood chipper are just outside my window, and I wonder,  “Is tree trimming essential work?”  Though I’m not tasked with making that decision for the crew, I’m grateful that the workers will be paid and can support their families through their labors. In January this year, I started a gratitude practice that ended up being very fortuitous given the current health pandemic.  I try to start or end each day by creating a list of three things I am grateful for.  They can be either tangible or intangible, and exist in the present, past or future.  I have also done quite a bit of reading about how to live life as a “thank you”, and this has informed my daily list.  Experts on gratitude have conducted studies that show that when you are in the midst of feeling grateful, it is virtually impossible to simultaneously feel angry, frustrated, or overwhelmed.  This may explain why people who feel grateful more often, tend to be overall happier in their daily lives. As to the recent entries in my gratitude journal, yesterday’s list included 1) Springtime decorations created by neighborhood children, displayed in the windows of their homes; 2) texts from friends I hadn’t...

La Raza’s 42nd Anniversary Celebration

La Raza Centro Legal’s 42nd Anniversary event on June 19, 2015, at The Galleria in San Francisco was a rousing success!  Everyone in attendance was inspired by our dynamic keynote speaker Jeff Adachi, SF Public Defender, and an award ceremony honoring the achievements of individuals and institutions leading the charge to promote social justice. The evening of celebration ended on a truly charged note as our guests literally danced into the night with the accompaniment of the salsa band Rumbache Sextet!  We thank our many sponsors of our 42nd Anniversary! Approximately 300 of our loyal supporters, civic leaders, sponsors, public dignitaries, and current and past clients joined in the celebration of La Raza’s evolution from its humble beginnings in 1973 as an initiative born out of the civil rights and Chicano movements to an agency which, today, offers a full spectrum of economically and culturally accessible legal services to the Bay Area’s Latino, low-income and monolingual Spanish-speaking and immigrant populations. Our 42nd Anniversary celebration also served to demonstrate the strong support the organization has within the philanthropic community. Not only did the event generate a record-setting $80,000 in donations – exceeding our goal – but, additionally, $15,000.00 in pledges earmarked for La Raza’s newly-launched Sustainability Fund 2020 initiative. The Fund marks a new direction for La Raza’s development strategy as the agency focuses on long-term sustainability through the generation of philanthropic investments which will ensure that we build the systems needed to strengthen our funding sources and sustain the agency over time so as to provide legal services that will have the greatest impact on the communities we serve. We are determined...

Our Heartfelt Thanks and Gratitude to our 42nd Anniversary Partners!

Steward of Justice Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation Torchbearers of Justice Hanson Bridgett LLP Hirschfeld Kraemer, LLP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation Guardians of Justice Shartsis Friese LLP Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood Keker & Van Nest LLP The Venable Foundation   Liberation Law Group, P.C.  Goodwin Procter LLP AA Batarse Foundation The Nassiri & Jung  Foundation  The Union Bank Foundation Advocates of Justice Farella Braun + Martel LLP Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP Berman DeValerio Morrison & Foerster Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP Virginia Villegas & Dan Zurita Fellom & Solorio Andrus Anderson LLP The Law Office of Salgado & Associates Instituto Laboral de La Raza Defenders of Justice Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP Chavez & Gertler Boxer Gerson Attorneys at Law, LLP Beenson, Tayer & Bodine, APC California Rural Legal Assistance Al Borvice & Ramiro Castro Michael Sorgen Darian Shirazi Supporters of Justice Anamaria Loya & Chris O’Hearn Genevie Gallegos Fred W. Alvarez Carmen De Leoon Fred W. Alvarez Camilo Artiga-Purcell David Zimmer Rubail Birwadker Chrissy Filipp Outten & Golden LLP JAMS San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) Friends Justice Grace Vineyards San Francisco 49ers The Golden State Warriors  The San Jose Sharks George Arroyo David Rorick Ella Blakeney Mary Ellen S. Greenlee...