Espiritu 2017

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In response to the Trump administration’s negative and harmful policies on immigration and women’s health, this year’s Espíritu awards were granted to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (Berkeley, California)  and Centro Legal de la Raza (Oakland, California). Given annually by the Isabel Allende Foundation, the Espíritu awards celebrate, honor and support exemplary work in the foundation’s areas of interest.

Lori said it all when she introduced the event by telling the recipients, “The synchronicity between our missions is clear. You are truly the heart and soul of our foundation.”

The awards ceremony was held at Greens, a restaurant in San Francisco overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some photos from the day and a brief description of each agency’s work. We stand in awe of each of them!

Planned Parenthood – Despite the hostile political climate it faces daily, Planned Parenthood continues to provide essential healthcare services to women nationwide, including access to birth control and safe, legal abortion.

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant – This Bay Area nonprofit offers sanctuary, solidarity, support, advocacy and legal services to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, exploitation and other expressions of violence.

Centro Legal de la Raza – Comprehensive legal services protect and advance the rights of immigrant and low-income Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education and advocacy.

We are deeply grateful to stand with these organizations in their ongoing fight against misogyny and xenophobia.

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