Collective Potential is Greater than Opportunity Cost

A Low Interest Loan for the Puente Human Rights Campus 

Margi lives in Colorado, she discovered RG a year ago and attended the 2013 MMMC. Margi works as an environmental educator, and her focus on education access stems from an overarching desire to align her money with her values. 

childrensmarchAs a young person with access to wealth and class privilege I consider migrant justice one of the most direct areas where I can leverage my privileges to directly increase equity. Now is a particularly exciting time to be involved with migrant justice because it is at the forefront of advancing civil rights in the US. My interest was sparked last fall when my students in Colorado were applying to college and encountered barriers because they didn’t have papers, even though their families came to the US from Mexico before they can remember.  Like the 1.4 million other DREAMers who have attended school in the US their whole lives, my students are being systematically denied access to higher education because they aren’t citizens of the US. For example, my students were given misinformation about federal financial aid from college counselors and they weren’t able to fill out some college’s online applications without social security numbers. My students were aware of DACA[1] but didn’t know that last summer our state also passed instate tuition for undocumented childhood arrivals. I committed to financially supporting my students’ access to higher education by seeking out ways to understand and address our broken immigration system in a larger context. This year I have donated a total of $20,000 to support migrant justice at local, state, and national scales.

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48 Days of History in Arizona (48 Equals #7w-1)

Post from Chad Jones, who has been on the Resource Generation board since 2005 and his work in philanthropy expands access for those historically excluded from the networks of old boys. As a Denver native, the Southwest is dear to his heart.

Thursday was June 10. It was a memorable day for me in two ways. Personally, as I went to hear Silvio Rodriguez perform at Carnegie Hall, which is only his second performance in the U.S. in 40 years according to my partner (with the first time having been the week prior). Publicly, 06/10/10 was historic in that it was 48 days after Arizona Governor Brewer signed bill SB1070 into law as well as 48 days until that bill goes into effect.

As a student of history, I am amazed by the history made in the past seven weeks since SB1070 was signed — the 100,000 marchers on May 29th, the launch of Human Rights Freedom Summer — as well as the history that is yet to be made. An RGer recently asked me, ‘In this moment, what are we supposed to be doing?’ (by we, I understood her to mean both as RGers and as people who believe in justice and human rights).
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