June 2019 Newsletter


To read more on UPLIFT 2019:

UPLIFT in 2019: What’s New?

New Core
Our new core is comprised of Amrit, Ben, and Madison. They began in December 2018 and will hold their positions for renewable six month terms. If you’re interested in becoming core, stay connected and keep a lookout for openings for the remainder of the year!

New Organizer
Congratulations to RJ for becoming the new UPLIFT Organizer. RJ began in March 2019 and has done an amazing jobs leading UPLIFT’s participation in campaigns and other advocacy work. Just in the past three months, RJ has led UPLIFT to be part of several mobilizations such as Immigrant Day in Sacramento. Great job, RJ!

BOBA: Breathe, Open Up, Buddy System, and Awareness of Self
The BOBA system was created by RJ to incorporate wellness practices into our meetings. Because we understand how important mental health and how intentional practices are lacking in advocacy spaces, we wanted to try something new! After attending a vicarious trauma workshop, we learned the power of breathing, sharing your emotions, and becoming in-tune with yourself in setting the foundation for mental wellness. Join our meetings to learn practices for yourself!

New Events: Expressions Round 2
Amrit in collaboration with Satrang-LA is coordinating an art show to showcase undocumented voices, stories, and art. We are aiming to co-host the event at the end of summer. If you’re interested in making our event a reality, please email Amrit at amritpalkaur6340@gmail.com.

New Campaigns
UPLIFT has continued our involvement in Health4All through our involvement with the California Immigrant Health Network, UndocuHealth Leaders, and our partnership with AAAJ-LA’s Health Access Project, AAAJ-LA’s Immigrant Rights Project, and ASPIRE. Shout out to our UPLIFT Our Health Committee for leading this work! If you’re interested in joining the committee, contact our organizer RJ at rronquillo@advancingjustice-la.org.

Along with our #Health4All work, we’ve also been involved in the fight against Public Charge through the Value Our Families campaign. Thank you, Ben for being brave and sharing your story. We stand behind you!

New Partnerships
To uphold one of our pillars—uplifting the UndocuAPI community—we have began collaborating with SUPP. SUPP is an undocuAPI organization based in Orange County housed in the OC office of the Korean Resource Center. Our collaborations have included our joint holiday party and advocating for expanding access to in-state tuition and financial aid in California. Interested in meeting SUPP fam? Join our social on Saturday, June 8th at 11:30 AM.

Let’s continue uplifting our undocuAPI community for the rest of the year!


To read more on our Health4All Updates and UPLIFT Our Health Committee:

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The Health4All bills (AB4 and SB29) passed out of their respective floor votes. They will now head to Budget Conference Committee to be deliberated on, including the question of whether to fund Health4All Elders. Decisions will be made by the end of this week. Please take 1 minute out of each day this week to push Governor Newsom to allow our elders to age with dignity:

Tell Governor Newsom: Let undocumented elders age with dignity!
(916) 445-2841

To read more on our graduating members:

Despite the educational barriers we face, our community continues to live out their best lives and thrive. Congratulations to our Class of 2019!

  • Amrit, B.A. from CSU Northridge

  • Amy, J.D. from UC Irvine

  • Julynn, M.A. from CSU Long Beach

  • Neil, B.S. from UC Santa Barbara

  • Peter, B.A from Harvard University

  • Bhernard, B.A. from CSU Northridge

  • Amani, high school diploma — congratulations on attending CSUN!

  • Karan, middle school