Category: Endorsement

CHIRLA Action Fund Announces Third Round of Endorsements

The CHIRLA Action Fund has wrapped up its third round of endorsements which include the following candidates:

Anna Caballero for State Senate, District 12







Oscar Valladares for Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees








Katelyn Brazer for Garden Grove Unified School District Trustee Area 4


CHIRLA Action Fund Issues First Round of Endorsements

Los Angeles, CA – The CHIRLA Action Fund has wrapped up its first round of endorsements which include the following candidates for office:

As the son of a single immigrant mother who cleaned rich peoples homes in La Jolla, Kevin De León understands the reality of growing up in a mixed status household. Led by the examples of resiliency and hard work of his mother, Kevin De León values the immeasurable contributions made by the immigrant community to California. He believes there is need to take immediate and proactive steps to combat the cruelty of this administration.

That’s why he has made immigrant rights a priority issue in California, pushing comprehensive legislation like #SB54 to ensure California is a welcoming sanctuary state. Kevin De León has pledged to stand up and defend #DREAMers, prevent billions from being wasted on an ineffective border wall, and work to put an end to mass-deportation. #GetOutToVote for Kevin de León for U.S. Senate

CHIRLA Action Fund is proud to announce our endorsement of Katie Hill for Congress.

Katie Hill is the champion Congressional District 25 needs! She understands that immigrants are an important part of our community and will fight for a just immigration reform that benefits the immigrant community as a whole.

CHIRLA Action Fund is proud to announce our endorsement of Gil Cisneros for Congress representing California’s 39th District. Cisneros believes in protecting Dreamers and fighting for immigration reform, in helping college students finish their education without crushing debt, in building affordable housing in California, and in listening to the concerns of people of color.
Vote Gil Cisneros for Congress

Did you know you have the power to choose the next L.A. County Sheriff? The next Sheriff must include immigrants in his efforts to protect the county as a whole. For this reason, CHIRLA Action Fund has decided to endorse Alex Villanueva for L.A. County Sheriff. Villanueva has pledged to honor SB54, the California Values Act! We encourage you to #GetOutToVote for Alex Villanueva during these November elections. 

CHIRLA Action Fund Endorsements for 2016 Election

Los Angeles, CA – The CHIRLA Action Fund, the political arm of the largest immigrant rights organization in California, has issued its final round of political endorsements for the 2016 Presidential Election. This election will be one for the history books and the sheer magnitude of new American immigrant voters will be deciding the future of our country.

Over the past year, the dialogue regarding immigrants has been one filled with hate. To fight this hate back, we are proud to have champions that will stand up for our immigrant community. These strong voices will ensure that our values are upheld and that we continue to find positive solutions to the issue of immigration. The CHIRLA Action Fund endorsement are as follows:

  • California Senate: Kamala Harris
  • Congressional District 25: Bryan Caforio
  • Congressional District 44: Isadore Hall
  • Congressional District 46: Lou Correa
  • State Senate District 21: Johnathon Ervin
  • State Senate District 35: Warren Furutani
  • State Assembly District 36: Steve Fox
  • State Assembly District 65: Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • Mayor of Palmdale: Xavier Flores
  • Garden Grove School District: Walter Muneton

The CHIRLA Action Fund endorsement process includes a face to face meeting with candidates, a rigorous questionnaire, background research, and a recommendation by the Staff which must be approved by the Board of Directors.

CHIRLA Action Fund 2016 Endorsements for Congress, State Assembly



Los Angeles – The CHIRLA Action Fund, the political arm of the largest immigrant rights organization in California, issued the first political endorsements of the 2016 election cycle. The three endorsements involve the Congressional race for the 44th District and two California Assembly seat races in Districts 48 and 65.

“The CHIRLA Action Fund Board is pleased to endorse California Senator Isadore Hall in the 44th Congressional District race. As a lawmaker for the people of California, Mr. Hall brings more than 15 years of experience and has demonstrated leadership, commitment to integrating aspiring citizens, and a sense of justice for all,” stated Angelica Salas, CHIRLA Action Fund’s Board Chair.

In the race for California’s Assembly District 65, the CHIRLA Action Fund endorses Sharon Quirk-Silva.

“Ms. Quirk-Silva is running against Young Kim, a candidate who has failed to acknowledge how much Orange County is changing. Based on our Scorecard, Ms. Kim’s pro-immigrant legislative voting score was 30% — a percentage far too low to address the immigrant issues of Assembly District 65,” stated Diana Colin, the Action Fund’s program director.

The Fund endorsed the son of immigrants, Bryan Urias, for California Assembly District 48.

“Mr. Urias reflect the changing demographics in California and we are inspired by his commitment to immigrant integration and a California where everyone is prosperous,” added. Ms. Salas.

“Our three endorsements represent our commitment to support leaders who understand California, regardless of race or party affiliation, and who take a stand when others take a back seat or remain quiet. These three leaders will help California achieve greatness and help immigrants move forward as integral part of our society,” added Ms. Salas.

The CHIRLA Action Fund endorsement process includes a meeting with the candidates, a rigorous questionnaire, background research, and a recommendation by the Staff which must be approved by the board.

Marqueece Harris-Dawson for LA’s 8th District

Los Angeles – The CHIRLA Action Fund would like to announce its endorsement of Marqueece Harris-Dawson for Los Angeles City Council District 8. Elections for City Council will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

As a champion for education, equity, safety and immigrant rights, Marqueece represents a new generation of leaders in South Los Angeles. At the core of his experience is a belief in social justice for all the communities that reside in the 8th Council District.

Marqueece has been recognized with numerous community commendations, recognitions and awards including the coveted Do Something “BRICK” Award, The Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Award, the NAACP Man of Valor Award, Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Upton Sinclair Award.

CHIRLA Action Fund Endorses Jacque Robinson for Mayor of Pasadena

Los Angeles – The CHIRLA Action Fund, one of the strongest advocates for immigrant rights in California, announced Tuesday it is endorsing Jacque Robinson for Mayor of the City of Pasadena.

With her experience and dedication, Jacque Robinson represents the diversity and future of Pasadena.  She is the only woman candidate in a field of six. Elections are March 10, 2015.

The following are statements from Angelica Salas, CHIRLA Action Fund Board Chair.

“We are delighted to endorse a fighter for underrepresented communities and a champion for all residents of Pasadena.  Robinson has the charisma, expertise, and drive to bring our community together and represent us well.

On several issues that have impacted immigrants, including comprehensive immigration reform and Proposition 47, Ms. Robinson has demonstrated she understands our community and that’s why we support her efforts to lead Pasadena as the next Mayor.”

The CHIRLA Action Fund first endorsed Ms. Robinson in 2007 when she first ran for the Pasadena City Council.  Ms. Robinson is a first generation American of Belizean roots.