La Luz Center, a grassroots organization for farmworkers in Sonoma County, provides and connects immigrant and farm laborer families with an array of support services including economic, legal, health, and emergency-aid services.
The 2017 Tubbs fires devastated Napa and Sonoma Counties, places that are home to thousands of undocumented immigrant families who work in the local wine and farming economy. During the fires, many families could not afford to leave their homes and were left with no choice but to stay behind. Given these precarious circumstances, La Luz stepped in to help affected families by delivering hot meals, as many families were without power, and provided other emergency-aid services. Eventually as farm laborers returned to work, La Luz, along with other organizations, continued to inform field workers on health and safety measures and to distribute masks to help offset the air pollution. La Luz has been around for 30 years, and as executive director Juan Hernandez said in an interview in The Nation, “People trust us….They know that LL will be here tomorrow if they need it.” To read The Nation’s full article, “No Sanctuary in Fire-Stricken California’s Immigrant Communities,” click here. To find out more about La Luz Center’s work, click here.
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