The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP) promotes the well-being of the immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley.
The Santa Cruz County Immigration Project is Bookshop’s third Words to Act On partner. Join us for a series of events from September through November focusing on the challenges facing immigrants and the issues involved in the immigration debate. SCCIP’s mission is to promote the wellbeing of the immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. They accomplish this by helping immigrants acquire legal status, reuniting immigrant families, and making U.S. citizenship more accessible to eligible immigrants. They provide competent and professional legal services, advocacy, and community education and information.
Bookshop invites you to learn more about this issue and take part in making a difference in our community:
Fund a Need Campaign: As you listen to the voices of the immigrants and the providers working with immigrant communities, we hope you are moved to donate to our Fund a Need Campaign. Each dollar amount is dedicated to help fulfill the needs of our local immigrant communities, especially as many of these communities come under attack. These needs, and the organizations we are partnering with, were identified by the Immigration Project. You can make your donation online here, or in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
Recommended Book Lists: Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project compiled a list of some of the most accessible and influential books that create empathy and understanding around issues facing immigrant communities throughout the United States. You can find these books on display at Bookshop as well as online:
You can also read beyond the lists here, with even more fantastic books by and about immigrants and on immigration in the United States of America.
In the coming months, join us for the following events to explore the issue of immigration:
- Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM Shanthi Sekaran Book Talk & Signing Bookshop Santa Cruz is pleased to welcome Shanthi Sekaran for the paperback release tour of her highly acclaimed novel, Lucky Boy. In this astonishing novel, Shanthi Sekaran gives voice to the devotion and anguish of motherhood through two women bound together by their love for one boy. Exploring the ways in which dreams and determination can reshape a family, Sekaran transforms real life into a thing of beauty. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon Valley, Lucky Boy offers a moving and revelatory look at the evolving landscape of the American dream and the ever-changing borders of love.
- Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 PM Ali Noorani at Allterra Solar. Allterra Solar will be hosting a community event featuring Ali Noorani discussing his new book There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration. Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and Salinas native, interviews nearly fifty local and national leaders from law enforcement, business, immigrant, and faith communities to go behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity.
- Sunday, November 5th at 7:00 PM Immigration Project Community Read: Enrique's Journey oin Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Community Action Board Immigration Project in a dynamic discussion of our Fall community-wide read, Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario. This Community Read Discussion will be moderated by Fernando Leiva, Associate Professor of Latin America and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Enrique's Journey is the true story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, who sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child and go to the United States in search of work.