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End of Year Donation

Querida Buena Gente,
We hope that you and your loved ones are in good health and spirits during this difficult time. At the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center we have continued to manifest our vision for change and organize for a community built upon cultural respect and mutual benefit for all. Our vision of cultural grounding and social justice has served us as a foundation for reimaging a post-COVID world.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our drive has not faltered. These past months have only highlighted the many inequities that our communities are facing — the affordable housing crisis, systemic racism and police brutality, immigrant detention and the separation of families, and the fatal impact the pandemic has had on the health and livelihoods of communities of color, the incarcerated, and the working class.
Unfortunately, many in our community have been struggling with coronavirus infection, lost jobs and income, and threats of evictions. Along with community partners, we have provided support and advocacy education to residents of the Alazán Apache Courts and the surrounding neighborhood in the Historic Westside. Together we’ve advocated against evictions and the demolition of the Courts. We’ve assisted residents in accessing emergency, rental, mortgage and utility funds from the City. We’ve provided legal referrals and addressed food insecurity by providing weekly distributions of USDA food boxes.
This year, we also pivoted to providing virtual programming, while being mindful to include elders and community members who do not have internet access. Through our exhibits, films, music, pláticas and other events, our community and our city have become more knowledgeable and appreciative of local history and culture. All of our work has aimed to combat structural violence and to heal the trauma of economic, racial, and gender injustices that have plagued our communities for generations.
In the coming year, our vision and mission will continue with your hope, your encouragement, and your financial support. The gracious contributions and participation of our Buena Gente are vital to all the work we do in the community.
We thank you so much for your confianza and
for helping us to move forward towards a just
and better world. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any need or concern that you may have.
Con mucha esperanza,
Esperanza Board and Staff
 
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