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2019/2020 VACIR Supervisor RFP

Request for Proposal: Grassroots Organization to Supervise Immigrant Organizers

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for a grassroots organization to supervise immigrant organizers . This is a eight-month grant of $20,000. The supervising organization will be working closely with the Executive Director of VACIR and four other VACIR organizations  in Prince William County. The selected organization will provide supervision and guidance to two immigrant organizers working in Prince William County, and meet regularly with them to ensure their success.

The organizers will be focusing on immigrant justice work. The Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-immigrant and oppresive in the nation. The focus of the organizers will be to identify immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities. By achieving policy changes that immigrants themselves identify as priorities.

Requirements

  • The grassroots supervising organization must have at least five years of professional organizing experience.
  • The grassroots supervising organization must have hosted at least three organizing training events before.
  • The organization must be familiar with Voter Activation Network.
  • The organization must be in good standing with Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Virginia Civic Engagement Table, by being up to date with their membership dues.
  • organization must show measurable results after nine months of supervising.

 

Application Guidelines

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by September 18, 2019.  Proposals may not be over five pages.

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative
  • Project Timeline (November 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
  • Project Budget narrative
  • Project Budget

Evaluation Criteria

General Proposal – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and measurable results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.

Review, Funding, and Notification Process

All qualified proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be made and announced in writing by September 30, 2019.

 

Official Rules

Your application must be submitted by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, a monica@vacir.org.

 

 

 

 

2019/2020 Organizing Grants RFP

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) seeks a request for proposal (RFP) to support a organizer positions in Prince William County, Virginia. VACIR will award three $15,000 grants.

Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-

immigrant and oppressive in the nation. The goal of this RFP is to organize immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities. Organizers must work closely with immigrant communities in Prince William County and be attentive to addressing the needs and priorities identified by these communities.

Selected organizations will work with Tenants and Workers United on their campaign to eliminate the 287(g) agreement, and reducing discrimination against students of color in the Prince William County school system.

 

The organizer must serve in Prince William County, but the host organizations may be located anywhere in Northern Virginia. We expect organizing to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the community.

Application Guidelines

 

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by September 18, 2019.  Proposals may not be over five pages.

 

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative
  • Project Timeline (grant period runs from November 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020
  • Project Budget narrative
  • Project Budget

 

Evaluation Criteria

Proposal narrative – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and measurable results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.

Review, Funding, and Notification Process

All complete proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be announced via email September 30, 2019.

Deadline

Your application must be emailed by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, at monica@vacir.org.

 

2019/2020 VACIR Mini-Grant RFP

Request for Proposal: Organizing to Support Immigrant Communities

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is accepting proposals for eight organizing projects in Northern Virginia. An amount of $3,000 will be awarded to Virginia organizations in support of each project.

 

All proposals must be in support of work already being done within one VACIR’s committees (local, state, or federal). Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-immigrant and oppressive in the nation. The focus of these grants is to organize immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities.

 

The organizers must serve in Northern Virginia, but the host organizations may be located anywhere in Virginia.

 

  • Organizations must be in good standing with VACIR, by being up to date with their membership dues.
  • Projects may educate community members about issues that they care about, identify and recruit leaders, and motivate residents to take action.
  • Organizations must report on results after the project is complete.

 

Suggested Topics for Proposals byCommittee:

Local Committee: Opposition to law enforcement and ICE collaboration, deportation defense, and getting out the count for the 2020 census.

State Committee: In state tuition and driving privileges for all.

Federal Committee: Temporary protective status defense, Dream Act support, and comprehensive immigration reform support.

 

Please note that these are suggested topics. Your proposal may cover any scope of work currently being supported by any of the VACIR committee.

 

Committee Chairs:

Federal: Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, VACOLAO

State: Margie Del Castillo, VA LAN

Local: Luis Oyola, LAJC

 

Application Guidelines

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by September 18, 2019. 

 

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative which includes and estimated timeline of activities (two page maximum)
  • Budget narrative (250 word maximum)

 

Evaluation Criteria

General Proposal – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and clear results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

 

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.

 

Reviewing, Funding, and Notification Process

All qualified proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be announced via email in September 30, 2019.

 

Official Rules

Your application must be emailed by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, at monica@vacir.org.

 

Mumps Outbreak reported at Farmville ICE facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 2019

Contact: Waameeka AheVonderae, press@vacir.org, (804) 362-8110

 

Mumps Outbreak reported at Farmville ICE facility

 

Elected Officials Must Do More to Protect Families and Children

in Unsanitary Detention Centers

 

Richmond, VA – Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect but conservative politicians are allowing harmful detention centers to unfairly harm immigrant families. Overcrowded and cramped living conditions may have aided in the spread of mumps throughout a Farmville Detention facility. Unsafe living conditions are unfair and harmful. VACIR, a collaborative of 34 organizations calls on elected officials to provide humane treatment of all residents, regardless of immigration status.

There have been 16 confirmed or suspected mumps cases at a Farmville Detention Center.  The Farmville Detention Center is a privately-run immigration detention facility and is considered to be the largest immigration detention center on the mid-Atlantic coast. According to an ICE spokesperson, any detainee who has been exposed to mumps has been separated from the general population of the facility, and will continue to be separated for 25 days.

“Back in 2008-2009, when Virginia residents organized against the then-proposed construction of the Farmville detention center, immigrants and allies pointed out the way private detention centers exacerbated the already poor health conditions inside US immigrant detention facilities. This outbreak is deeply concerning and I hope for the best and speediest recovery for those locked up.,” said Luis Oyolo, Community Organizer at Justice 4 All.

 

“Healthcare should be human right, and much of what undocumented immigrants endore is inhumane. With the poor living conditions that many detainees suffer it is not surprising that a mumps outbreak has happened. We will continue to fight for immigrant rights, and pray that this outbreak does not lead to another immigrant losing their life due to poor oversight while in ICE custody.” said Monica Sarmiento, Executive Director at the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

 

Trump Appoints Anti-Immigrant Crusader Ken Cuccinelli as Head of Citizenship and Immigration Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 10, 2019

Contact: Waameeka AheVonderae, press@vacir.org, (804) 362-8110

 

Trump Appoints Anti-Immigrant Crusader

Ken Cuccinelli as Head of Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

Trump’s Pick for Immigration Policy Role Draws Criticism from Local Organizers

 

Richmond, VA  A month after President Trump declared his intention to take immigration policy in a “tougher direction”, Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s former attorney general, has been given to a top Department of Homeland Security post. Cuccinelli served as a senator in Virginia, where he sponsored bills to compel employees to speak English in the workplace and attempted to repeal birthright citizenship.

 

Cuccinelli has over the years become one of the most staunch opponents of immigration reform efforts. His policy and legislative positions have been wrongheaded and his personal comments about immigrants divisive and intolerant. On a D.C. radio program he compared immigrants to rats saying, “It is worse than our immigration policy. You can’t break up rat families…and you can’t even kill ‘em.”

 

VACIR, a collaborative of 34 organizations, condemns the appointment of Cuccinelli as Head of Citizenship and Immigration services due to his history of using hateful rhetoric against immigrant families and continued push for anti-immigrant policies.

 

“Ken Cuccinelli has a long record of pushing for and supporting anti-immigrant policies in Virginia,” said Edgar Aranda, Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO). “We pushed back and stopped several anti-immigrant bills introduced by him as a Virginia State Senator including one that would have allowed businesses to sue others who hired undocumented immigrant workers and another that would have designated the inability to speak English in the workplace as a reason to disqualify workers for unemployment benefits.  As our state Attorney General, he had Virginia join eight other states in opposing the Obama administration’s lawsuit challenging Arizona’s “paper’s please” law SB 1070. Mr. Cuccinelli will bring this anti-immigrant stance to his new role to the detriment of immigrant communities across the country”.

 

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