The Canal, a vibrant community of Latino immigrant families, is rich in diversity and cultural traditions, strong family networks, and a determination towards economic selfsufficiency. Latino immigrants in Marin County are heavily concentrated in the Canal and have the highest labor force participation rates in the County.i Despite being a vital part of Marin’s social, economic, and cultural society, Canal residents continue to struggle to meet basic necessities for their families.
To this end, a coalition of resident leaders from the community came together to form Voces del Canal to lead an unprecedented community-driven research project. Residents wanted to affirm their role as authentic, local experts and give power to the collective experiences of 678 residents who shared their personal stories, opinions, and vision for a stronger and safer Canal.
Van der Ryn, Julia; Lucko, Jennifer; Wilson, Tom; Carrera, Omar; Kim, Miho; Assil, Reem; Waheed, Saba; Lee, Jennifer; Garcia, Diego; Hogan, Bill; and Voces Del Canal, "Voces Del Canal: Building Safe Communities Through Strong Partnerships in the Canal" (2014). Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship. 39.