“Celebrating Community, Hope, and Dreams”
SLHP celebrated its 10th Year Anniversary as a grassroots safety net provider for underserved uninsured immigrants in the Bay Area on Thursday September 27, 2012. Local champions for health equity including District 9 Representative Congresswoman Barbara Lee and The California Endowment’s Dr. Anthony Iton spoke about the organization’s innovative health model that both increases health access and addresses root causes of poor health among marginalized populations of low-wage, monolingual, immigrant workers.
May Day 2012
Members of the Oakland Workers Collective and clients of Street Level Health Project marched from Fruitvale to downtown Oakland for May Day 2012. Chanting to end of deportation of innocent families, to make basic health care accessible to all, and to value the work of immigrant workers, Street Level staff and clients walked among hundreds of other peaceful marchers.
Street Level Health Project opened its doors to hundreds of Oakland’s immigrant worker community during its annual holiday celebration. Community members shared a meal, listened to music, received food baskets, a warm coat, and a wrapped gift. The annual fiesta is a treasured event for those who are apart from their immediate families and experience the holidays alone in a foreign country. Homemade Salvadorean pupusas and Mexican fajitas were served to remind folks of their home country. Dozens of volunteers, local and statewide, made this event possible, including students from United for Success Academy, UC Berkeley, Mills College, and UCLA, religious organizations including Episcopal Charities, New Hope Covenant Church in Oakland and St. Martin of Tours in Los Angeles, and local organization, Winning Situations Inc. This was the organization’s sixth year holding the holiday party.
“The streets where day laborers look for work are cold and isolating, especially during the holidays, so providing a warm place to share a meal is really powerful.” –Araceli, Community Volunteer
“Our space not only serves to provide direct services, but also to build community.” – Laura E. Lopez, Executive Director of Street Level Health Project
Immigrant Day 2012
Street Level participated in the 16th Annual Immigrant Day in Sacramento where we joined with other immigrants and advocates in a statewide day of advocacy, education and unity. Our group that went included members from the Oakland Worker’s Collective and community members who made legislative visits. They told their stories to help raise awareness about the issues affecting their community, and to urge their legislators to support a platform of bills that recognize the contributions of immigrant Californians. The bills present solutions to issues ranging from public safety and family unity to workers rights, religious freedom, and consumer protections.