The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC) was formed in 2006 by two members of our church after millions of immigrants joined together in protests for comprehensive immigration reform in cities around the country, including Los Angeles.
The Coalition began with a dual focus on service and advocacy and now includes individuals and organizations who believe not only in creating or helping to create services that allow local immigrants to thrive but in creating spaces where immigrant voices and be heard and immigrants can be heard and where a diversity of talents, voices and energies are welcome and valued.
Today LBIRC works on the local, state and national level to bring about more just immigration policies and offers services such as four free English as a second language classes, “Know your rights” workshops, legal clinics, an annual health fair and deportation prevention and defense programs. The Coalition began small with all volunteers but now has and office and paid staff, dynamic young adult immigrant leadership, and is recognized and respected as an important force for inclusion and social justice in Long Beach and an organization that is trusted by the most vulnerable immigrants in our community. Over 1500 people were served last year by LBIRC’s various programs.
Our special collection takes place on the second Sunday of September (September 8), but you may donate to the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition at any time in September by marking your envelope or check with “Special Collection.” For more information, follow lbirc on facebook, twitter or Instagram or contact Norma Chinchilla, firstname.lastname@example.org