Norma Paz Garcia Archives

501(c)(3) Organizations: Don’t Leave Your Advocacy Power on the Table, Make the Most of the Options Available to You

by Director of Policy & Advocacy Norma Paz García Based on the results of recent UnidosUS surveys of its affiliates, we know that members see a strong need for advocacy — and the need to develop stronger accountability with elected officials. We also know that less than two percent of UnidosUS members have an affiliated…

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A Legacy of Strength: Three Immigration Stories, One Common Goal

MEDA often hears from our stakeholders and funders how impressed they are that the organization takes risks. Yet MEDA’s risk-taking pales in comparison to the risks and sacrifices taken by the majority of the 7,400 clients we annually serve, many of whom had to cross borders to support their families.  A number of MEDA staff…

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Spring 2019 Updates from the Mission Promise Neighborhood

by Richard Raya, Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood These are exciting — and busy — times for the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), so I wanted to make sure you are updated on recent events and what’s ahead. Thanks for being part of MPN! State Legislation for Promise Neighborhoods We are excited to announce new state legislation…

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It’s Time to Repeal Unfair Costa Hawkins Law: MEDA Backs a “Yes” Vote on Prop 10 Affordable Housing Act this November

Article and photo by Director of Policy & Advocacy Norma P. Garcia $4,560. $3,200. $2,290. No, these are not the costs of extravagant overseas vacations. It’s actually the median respective two-bedroom rent in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Such exorbitant housing costs leave California’s families rent-burdened, with little cash left over each month…

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Real Solutions Grounded in Equity are Needed to Reverse Displacement of Communities of Color in San Francisco

Co-authored by: Executive Director Luis Granados Director of Policy and Advocacy Norma P. Garcia MEDA and its many Mission District allies work daily to preserve the neighborhood’s economic and cultural diversity — and its unique identity as San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood that has been a Latino hub for six decades.  MEDA employs numerous strategies to…

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To Gubernatorial Candidates: MEDA’s Community Needs Matter

by Director of Policy & Advocacy Norma P. Garcia At last night’s “2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum” at UCLA, I had the opportunity to hear several candidates offer their vision for the future of our state. While MEDA does not endorse candidates for any office, we vow to stand up for the issues that impact our…

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