2023 – Statewide CA IAF gathering in Fresno
In March of 2023, Common Ground met with seven other California IAF organizations in Fresno to talk about the state of our economy.
2020–2021 – Statewide work for pandemic relief
On September 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 1876, expanding access to the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) to immigrant workers.
Common Ground, in partnership with California IAF, was instrumental in pushing for this change, providing much-needed relief during the COVID-19 pandemic to immigrants. In April 2020, the California IAF and the California Catholic Conference wrote letters to Governor Newsom, urging him to expand the CalEITC to include ITIN filers, many of whom are undocumented. And on May 5, 2020 over 1,200 California IAF leaders, 10 Bishops, and 7 state legislators converged on Zoom and Facebook Live to demand the Governor and legislature provide immediate relief for essential workers left out of state and federal relief.
In June 2021, Common Ground joined fellow California IAF organizations for a second action to call upon Governor Newsom to extend the statewide eviction moratorium that was set to expire on June 30, 2021. Several days after the action, the eviction moratorium was extended to September 30th.