Puente

Puente

Year
2010
Location
Phoenix, AZ
Amount
$50,000
Term
18 months

Puente was created in 2006 as a community response to addressing the harassment of migratory workers in Phoenix. Since then, it has strengthened its presence as a community resource broadly dedicated to addressing and eradicating intolerance. More recently, Puente has received significant attention for its community mobilization efforts to counter SB 1070. Puente has been a critical player in co-organizing large scale prayer vigils and marches with historic turnouts. In May 2010, Puente collaborated in sending a women’s delegation to the Capitol to present testimonies of human rights violations in Maricopa County. This grant is to support Puente’s Committees in Defense in Barrios (CDB) program. Using data collected at marches and through door-knocking Puente created the CDBs, committees that are rooted at the neighborhood level and led by local residents to ensure that communities are able to best respond to workplace and home raids. Given the momentum and success of the CDBs, Puente hopes that additional resources will help increase the ability of the CDBs to organize and mobilize against raids through consistent Know Your Rights trainings, provide a permanent 24 hour crisis phone line and enable affected communities to advocate for policy change at the local, state and national level.