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President's Message
September 29, 2022
Marissa Tirona

Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed the governors of Texas, Florida, and Arizona sponsor the cruel and craven relocation of asylum seekers to New York, Martha’s Vineyard, and Washington, D.C. As I watched people in those receiving communities welcome these newcomers with generosity and resources, I reflected on the fundamental right to move freely. As described by the Immigrant Movement Visioning Process, the freedom to move means that “all people should have the freedom to move equitably and be welcomed,” and that “immigration should be a safe and empowering choice that is available to all, rather than an act of desperation.” And, just as migration is a natural part of the human experience, so too is the right for individuals, families, and communities to stay once they have migrated – to establish roots and belong in a place they call home

GCIR Staff Feature
September 21, 2022
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When I began writing this blog post, I was asked “what do you want readers to take away from it?” Immediately I knew my answer: Undocumented people have the right to be in positions of power, to be compensated fairly for their labor, and to be valued for the expertise they bring to the table. Undocumented people deserve much more than we’ve given them.

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GCIR Blog Series
September 6, 2022
Arcenio Lopez is wearing a black shirt and charcoal grey blazer.

In this edition, GCIR President Marissa Tirona speaks with Arcenio Lopez, Executive Director of Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP). Read on as Arcenio shares his thoughts about building power for Indigenous immigrants, the importance of forging alliances with other Indigenous communities, and how philanthropy can support and strengthen the work of Indigenous migrants.

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Job Opportunity
August 23, 2022

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) seeks to engage a research consultant or team of consultants to evaluate Delivering on the Dream (DOTD), a ten-year old national network of state and local funding collaboratives investing needed resources to support immigrant and refugee communities.

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Job Opportunity
July 26, 2022

GCIR seeks a Development and Communications Coordinator to play a critical role in three areas: grant proposals and reports, development administration, and external communications.

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Issue Spotlight
July 14, 2022
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We find ourselves in a precarious moment for the right to seek asylum in the United States. While advocates continue to push for more inclusive and welcoming state and local policies for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, the fundamental right to seek safety in the U.S. continues to be at grave risk. Though last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision cleared the way for the Biden administration to rescind the inhumane Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico,” an array of cruel and ineffective asylum and immigration policies still stand, foremost among them Title 42.

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GCIR Staff Feature
July 13, 2022

As a native-born U.S. citizen working in the movement for immigrant justice, I often reflect on what brought me to this work out of the many social justice issues that demand our attention. Navigating the immigration system alongside my wife who immigrated from Albania to pursue her dreams of a better future opened my eyes to the complex and often challenging immigrant experience in America.

Job Opportunity
July 11, 2022

GCIR is seeking a Programs Learning Manager. The Programs Learning Manager plays a critical role in advancing a culture of learning and supporting the Programs Team’s efforts to adapt programs accordingly.

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President's Message
June 21, 2022
Marissa Tirona

In her second quarterly message of 2022, GCIR president Marissa Tirona shares some of the highlights of GCIR’s recent work, including GCIR’s national convening in Houston in May, grantmaking and learning through the California Dignity for Families Fund, developing a theory of change though the strategic planning process, and partnering with Upwardly Global to advance the economic power of immigrant and refugee women of color.

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