Social Justice for All--that's the kind of motto that makes a '60s flower child like me prick up my ears. And it's the motto of San Diego's wonderful Foundation for Change, which I support wholeheartedly.
The group does so many good things in our county and our cross-border region (a friend of us calls San Diego "part of the greater Tijuana region"), it's hard to know where to start. But so much of what they do begins with reframing the dialogue--like a recent report they presented, called "Why California’s Future Begins in San Diego’s Immigrant, Border and Refugee Communities". Who else would be saying that right now in our political climate?
Recently, their newsletter tells me, the Foundation for Change campaign of census outreach "made visible the depth and breadth of the networks engaged with immigrant, refugee and border communities in San Diego County …. communities which hold the key to California’s political future." I love that!
I also love that they not only defend but celebrate Friendship Park, an import international border symbol and location, through their grassroots coalition, the Friends of Friendship Park. That coalition is now engaged in ongoing intensive negotiations with San Diego Border Patrol about restoring access to the historic meeting place on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Foundation for Change also works to help San Diego’s immigrant, poor, and minority communities (including our LGBT community), by raising money and manpower to promote voter registration throughout our county and region.
They also do give many many health related grants, small and large, and help to bring attention to small health clinics: recently they were awarded a grant from the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative to serve as the fiscal sponsor for Strength for the Journey, a 5-day summer retreat providing a safe, caring and healing community for people living with HIV/AIDS.
And they are working for health care reform as well, and will co-host to a community-based training event organized by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, "Ensuring Equity: Achieving Our Vision for Health Care Reform Legislation."
I love that they reach out to others, but also reach inside themselves--it inspires me to do the same. I hope you'll help support them--find their site at www.foundation4change.org/about-people.php
Causes Jennifer Redmond Supports
KPBS, Foundation for Change, ProPeninsula, Anza-Borrego Foundation, Marriage Equality USA