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Client Story

A young person’s path to citizenship

Posted: February 15, 2022

Timoteo Vasquez-Mendez left his home in Guatemala, fleeing difficult conditions in his country, and traveled to the United States in search of a better future. He was stopped by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he tried to cross the border then sent to a detention center in New York, then released to stay with his uncle Jesus Vasquez in San Rafael. He was 17 years old.   

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Kristy Ponce, Canal Alliance staff member, waves an U.S. flag


Kristy Ponce Aizpurua’s Naturalization Story 

Posted: February 11, 2022

When Kristy Ponce Aizpurua left Panama, nearly a decade ago, she left behind her family and her law practice. Today she manages operations for Canal Alliance’s Immigration Legal Services and is a U.S. citizen. Kristy shares her naturalization journey and her message to other new citizens – register to vote!

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Gina Ayala Claxton Named Board President

Posted: February 11, 2022

Rockwell Automation President Gina Ayala Claxton was named President of the Board of Trustees of Canal Alliance in February, taking the helm during a period of organizational growth and through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.  

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Dominican Deepens Community Connections

Posted: February 9, 2022

Dominican University and Canal Alliance deepen their long-term partnership with a focus on student/career pathways and addressing racial inequity in Marin.

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San Rafael’s Community Partnerships Help Bridge the Digital Divide

Posted: January 19, 2022

Explore the collaboration that helped close the digital divide in one of San Rafael’s most densely populated area.

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Canal Alliance board member works to help immigrants break down barriers


Board member works to help immigrants break down barriers

Posted: December 29, 2021

Canal Alliance board member Krystal Sandza is featured in the Ark.

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Bay Area study: Pandemic aid kept needy afloat

Posted: December 26, 2021

Study credits emergency cash assistance programs from government and nonprofits for keeping people out of poverty. But social services leaders in Marin said the need remains, and especially in low-income non-White communities.

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Latino Clout


Redistricting Based On Census Data May Give Latinos In Marin County More Political Clout

Posted: December 20, 2021

Omar Carrera said the new district boundaries will make it easier to advocate for his community with one supervisor, rather than three.

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Marin adopts redistricting map that bolsters Latino bloc

Posted: December 19, 2021

The new map complies with Canal Alliance’s request to move an area along Lincoln Avenue in San Rafael from District 1, which is represented by Supervisor Damon Connolly, into District 4, represented by Supervisor Dennis Rodoni.

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Workforce Development

Newly trained Marin County construction students are ready for hire

Posted: December 10, 2021

The College of Marin, In partnership with Canal Alliance and the Marin Builders Association will graduate 18 students with construction skills.

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