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The Lovell Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Stand Together AZ Training & Advocacy Center for Operation Haboob

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February 21, 2018


February 21, 2018
Contact: Marisela Felix
Director of Marketing + Community Relations
(520) 447-8907

The Lovell Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Stand Together AZ Training & Advocacy Center for Operation Haboob

[Tucson] YWCA Southern Arizona is awarded a $300,000 Grant from the Lovell Foundation to support Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy Center’s (STAT) Operation Haboob (OH).
Operation Haboob is women-led and inclusive, centering the voices of those who have been marginalized and are in the most jeopardy as a result of our broken civic life. OH is patriotic. We believe government should reflect the concerns and needs of the people they serve - the core American principle that government should be of the people, by the people and for the people.
Like the giant haboobs formed by billions of dust particles that sweep through the Arizona desert during monsoon season, Operation Haboob is bringing together diverse groups and individuals in a statewide, non-partisan alliance to create a storm of voices and utilize our collective power to:

1) Rebuild community;
2) Revive democracy;
3) Co-create a new future for Arizona where everyone can thrive.
Liane Hernandez, STAT Community Outreach & Education Director says, “Operation Haboob is about waking people up to their own power to shape a new future, a future in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We are doing that by listening to what is important to people, encouraging them to meet and discuss these things with their neighbors, and training them on exactly how to make sure that their voices are heard.”
The goal is for Operation Haboob to also serve as a pilot for the other 250 YWCA associations across the United States and for other groups working to create systemic change towards gender parity and the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

YWCA Southern Arizona has been a leader in the fight for economic and social justice for 100 years. Each year through YWCA programs, 2000+ women get help to find jobs, start businesses and/or advance in their careers. YWCA also invests in local economic development projects and works to influence public policy, engage voters and support grassroots activists who are working to create a local and state economy that works for everybody. For more information visit ywcatucson.org.