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A Step Forward: September 4 Newsletter

Posted: September 4, 2020

Updates on our COVID-19 efforts, advocacy and policy work, and the Canal Wi-Fi network and more.


Connecting Families to Federal Benefits

Posted: September 3, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has intensified long-standing inequities caused by language barriers, underscoring challenges that non-English speakers face accessing critical information during public health emergencies.

Man using laptop


Digital Divide in the Canal

Posted: August 19, 2020

COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders have exacerbated many issues facing Latino immigrants in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood. One issue that has long existed but is much more visible as a result of the pandemic is the lack of digital access in the Canal. Now thousands of students in the Canal are required to participate in distance learning, yet many have limited access.

Canal Alliance


COVID-19 and community updates

Posted: August 4, 2020

Canal Alliance is addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Marin’s Latinx community

2020 Census

2020 Census challenges and successes

Posted: July 30, 2020

An interview with Fernando Barreto, Canal Alliance Community Engagement Manager on how Canal Alliance has adapted its Census strategy and approach during COVID-19 and Shelter-in-Place.

Fernando Barreto, Community Engagement Manager


Implementing creative solutions for health education during COVID-19

Posted: July 30, 2020

Canal Alliance Community Engagement Manager Fernando Barreto explains how Canal Alliance quickly shifted to be able to provide crucial health education about COVID-19 for the Canal community.

People line up for COVID testing at Canal Alliance


COVID-19 Disparities in Marin County

Posted: July 30, 2020

With more than 50,000 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the Bay Area, 2,649 of these cases have occurred in Marin County and over half of them in the densely populated Canal neighborhood. The Canal’s 20% positivity rate is triple that of the rest of Marin.

Ricardo and Oscar in Canal Alliance lobby


Interview with “Promotores de Salud”, Oscar and Ricardo

Posted: July 29, 2020

We interview Oscar and Ricardo, who work with us as “promotores de salud,” or community health promoters. Oscar and Ricardo connect with people in the community to provide essential educational tools and materials during the COVID-19 crisis.

Michael Gomez, UP! High School Program Supervisor


Interview with Michael Gomez, Canal Alliance UP! High school Program Supervisor

Posted: June 30, 2020

As we celebrate the graduation of our UP! College and High school graduates, we sat down with Michael Gomez to talk about what it means for him to see his students graduate and go off to college.

Attendee and volunteer at food pantry


Canal Alliance food pantry provides food to a record 500 families each week

Posted: June 30, 2020

We are seeing first-hand at Canal Alliance that the coronavirus pandemic and shelter in place order has drastically decreased immigrant families’ earnings. Many residents of the Canal are not only in danger of going hungry, but are also experiencing deep anxiety about how they will feed themselves and their families. The need for food among Canal residents is reflected in the huge spike we’ve seen in attendance at our food pantry.

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