25 Years of CIPC

Towards a California for All: 25 Years of CIPC

Over the past 25 years, CIPC has been a steadfast advocate for a stronger, more inclusive California. We’ve convened powerful statewide coalitions of advocates and community leaders, advanced innovative narrative communications strategies that change the way we talk about immigrant communities, secured policy wins that ensure no one is excluded from supports that give everyone the opportunity to thrive, and partnered with legislative leaders to ensure all Californians have a voice in Sacramento.

Join us in celebrating 25 years!

We are thrilled to invite you to join us at the Kim Sing Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate our 25th anniversary, Towards a California for All: 25 Years of CIPC on December 9, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Please join us to celebrate what we have accomplished together over the past two and a half decades, and to honor this year’s awardees whose leadership have created new pathways for a more equitable state:

  • Legislative Champion Award
  • Institution Award
  • Organizing Award
  • Visionary Sustainer Award

We look forward to celebrating with you on December 9, and continuing the momentum for the next 25 years. Get your tickets today!

For general inquiries, please contact event organizers at info@caimmigrant.org.

Interested in becoming an official sponsor? Let’s talk about this unique partnership opportunity. Contact Anthony Rubio at arubio@caimmigrant.org.

Keynote Speaker

Rob Bonta

California Attorney General

On April 23, 2021, Rob Bonta was sworn in as the 34th Attorney General of the State of California, the first person of Filipino descent and the second Asian-American to occupy the position.

Attorney General Bonta’s passion for justice and fairness was instilled in him by his parents, who served on the frontlines of some of America’s most important social justice movements. It’s why he decided to become a lawyer — to help right historical wrongs and fight for people who have been harmed. He worked his way through college and graduated with honors from Yale University and attended Yale Law School.

In elected office, he has taken on powerful interests and advanced systemic change — pursuing corporate accountability, standing up for workers, punishing big polluters, and fighting racial injustice. He has been a national leader in the fight to transform the criminal justice system, banning private prisons and detention facilities in California, as well as pushing to eliminate cash bail in the state. He has led statewide fights for racial, economic, and environmental justice and worked to further the rights of immigrant families, renters, and working Californians.

Find him online and learn more about him here

Program Highlights

Master of Ceremonies:

Jenny Yang is a former labor organizer turned stand up comedian, writer and actor. In 2020 she was selected as one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch” and Vulture’s “Comedians You Should Know.”  Jenny recently wrapped as a co-producer / writer for HBO Max’s “Gordita Chronicles” and previously for Fox’s “Last Man Standing” and E!’s late-night talk show “Busy Tonight” with Busy Philipps. She is the creator and host of “Comedy Crossing” a hit standup comedy show held inside the Animal Crossing video game and watched live via Zoom. Since June 2020, the show has raised nearly $40,000 for #BlackLivesMatter-related causes. Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny was honored by President Obama as a “White House Champion of Change” for her leadership in “Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling” in 2016.

Find her online at jennyyang.tv and on all social media at @jennyyangtv.

Cocktail Hour Entertainment:

Xarás Trio is a Latin-Jazz ensemble based in Los Angeles. The group came together as Flamenco artists in 2002. Since then, they have been working together and performing in Southern California, and on tour in the U.S. Individually, they have studied and performed all over the world, including Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Austria and South America.

Find them online at xarastrio.com.

Evening Celebration:

Cumbiatón is an intergenerational cultural movement which utilizes music and art as a vessel to heal and uplift oppressed hood communities.

Founded by Dj Sizzle Fantastic and Normz la Oaxaqueña, Cumbiatón has rooted itself in the beautiful barrio of Boyle Heights, CA and has branched out to cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York. Cumbiaton’s vision in all 4 cities is to center womxn, trans, and queer people of color both on the dance floor and in the Dj booth. We center our collective experiences to create events by us, for us. We do this because Cumbia es Cultura.

Find them online at cumbiaton.org and on Instagram @cumbiaton_la.

Our Honorees

Organizing Award

Organizing Award Honorees
Regional Capacity Building Project Partners:

  • 805 Immigrant, Central Coast Immigrant Rights Coalition (CCIRC)
  • Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC)
  • Contra Costa Immigrant Rights Alliance (CCIRA)
  • Full Rights Equality & Empowerment (FREESF)
  • Inland Empire Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ)
  • Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC)
  • San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC)
  • San Joaquin Immigrant Integration Collaborative (SJIIC)
  • Vigilant Love (VL)

For nearly a decade, CIPC’s partners in regions across the state have been building power and collaborating with CIPC to support innovative and equitable policies that strengthen and support California’s communities. The organizing award recognizes the bold courage and strength of community coalitions dedicated to unleashing immigrant voices from San Diego to Siskiyou.

Institution Award

Institution Award Honorees
Original California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative (CIWC) Members:

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ-LA)
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
  • Services, Immigrant Rights And Education Network (SIREN)

At a time when California politics, dominated by a scarcity-mindset, were shifting towards fear-based policies barring certain immigrants from basic safety net programs, CIPC’s founding organizations created the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative. This award recognizes the foresight, vision, and perseverance of these innovative leaders in creating one of the country’s earliest statewide immigration advocacy groups that could specifically tackle messaging, organizing and policy issues that advance the rights of immigrants in California.

Legislative Champion Award

Legislative Champion Award Honorees

  • María Elena Durazo, California State Senator
  • Joaquin Arambula, California State Assemblymember

This category recognizes the support and contributions of an outstanding legislative partner and the contributions they have made to remove barriers, support immigrant justice and build a stronger California for everyone who calls the Golden state home. The recipients of this award are redefining what it means to be a champion of all Californians. These bold leaders confer with community leaders, create space and time to hear diverse voices, and mobilize colleagues in service of progressive policies that not only strengthen our state but serve as a model for other states across the country.

Visionary Sustainer Award

Visionary Sustainer Award Honorees

  • Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • The California Endowment

It takes special foresight to see potential in an advocacy organization from its inception. This award applauds the first funders to invest in CIPC for their initial, unwavering, and longstanding commitment to creating an equitable California where everyone can thrive.

It’s not too late to support!

Health and Safety Guidelines

For in person attendees, we are asking that masks be worn unless eating or drinking. Attendees are required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event at the door. The event will be a mix of indoors and outdoors and attendance will be limited to allow for social distancing.

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms or were in significant contact with someone that tested positive with COVID-19, we ask you please refrain from attending the event in person. We can not offer refunds; however, we will arrange a link for you to attend the event virtually and coordinate accordingly. Additional logistics will be shared with guests (additional health guidelines, venue address, parking information, program, etc.) closer to the day of the event.

Production Team

Event Graphic Designer:

Bianca Austria is a painter, illustrator, and designer raised in the Philippines and currently based in Los Angeles. Influenced by her childhood, memories of growing up through her formative years in the Philippines, and nostalgia for the past, Bianca creates minimalist art pieces reminiscent of vintage travel ads. Two of Bianca’s most popular art pieces are the Pilipinas Kong Mahal and the Araw ng Kalayaan posters. “The pieces resonate… because it expresses the power, beauty, and richness of the Motherland. I created these pieces as symbols of Filipino empowerment and it makes me so happy knowing that I’ve empowered others through it too!” Bianca’s immigrant experience is also seen in her work as she shares the history and culture of the Philippines. Images of food, flora and fauna, clothing, and women are present in her work, embracing and highlighting the beauty of the Philippines. Currently Bianca is working on a series of Filipino mythology and deities.

Find her online at biancaaustria.art and on all social media at @biancaaustria.art.

AV Tech Consultants:

For almost a decade, Four Moon Productions has produced a variety of events from small intimate meetings to large conferences. See our gallery below for examples of shows we’ve produced. We have everything needed from audio and video setups to lighting to streaming of general sessions and breakouts.

From Audio, Lighting, LED Walls, Networked Digital Signage, Video, Projection, Graphics, Live Stream, Set Design… Four Moons is a full production shop. 

Find them online at fourmoon.com.

Groundmaking Video Production:

Groundmaking is the video production studio helping nonprofits tell stories that raise more money and move their missions forward.

Project lead, Reuben Herzl, is a documentary video producer and director focused on helping nonprofits tell their stories through video. He is the founder of the video production studio Groundmaking serving clients such as The California Community Foundation, Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Descanso Gardens, and The Trust for Public Land. In 2019, Reuben was a speaker at the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference with a talk titled “Video Production in Your Pocket.”

Find them online at groundmaking.com.


Las Fotos Project was founded in 2010 to elevate the voices of teenage girls from communities of color through photography and mentoring. In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are declaring this an Age of Change! We are uplifting the power and creativity of youth today through city wide photography installations, virtual activations and more. Join us in ushering in the next 10 years of creativity and inspiration.

Find them online at lasfotosproject.org and instagram @lasfotosproject.


The Kim Sing Theatre was artfully reimagined in the early 2000’s for private use and re-opened to the public in 2017 for the first time in 17 years. Kim Sing Theatre offers a unique space, carefully tended to and treasured by its proprietors. Since it’s rebirth, the space has been celebrated for being one of LA’s most interesting venues and respected for its achievement in architecture and design.

Find them online at kimsingtheatre.com.


It’s a surprise! At CIPC we love food, so we will have lovely foodie surprises waiting for you. Plan on having drinks and delicious light hors d’oeuvres available. See you there!