Published on March 5, 2014
PICO Background • • • • People Improving Communities through Organizing 60+ faith-based community organizations across US 17 states A vehicle for faith-communities to do social justice work • PICO New Jersey & Camden Churches Organized for People
PICO’s Approach to Faith-Based Community Organizing • Building Relationships • Leadership Development • Faith Integration & Grounding
JFI/PICO PARTNERSHIP • Grant through Catholic Campaign for Human Development • Helped support Justice for Immigrants organizing & advocacy work in 15 dioceses • Immigrant & Non-immigrant engagement
USCCB Statement in April • "It is vital that the framework includes a path to citizenship, so that undocumented immigrants can come out of the shadows and into the light and have a chance to become Americans. It gives hope to millions of our fellow human beings.” Archbishop Gomez, Chair Committee on Migration
FULL ENGAGEMENT OF CATHOLIC COMMUNITY POPE FRANCIS US CONF OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS STATE CATHOLIC CONF BISHOP / DIOCESE P P P P P P P P P P P CATHOLIC VOTERS IN THE PEWS
Statewide Training March 2-3, 2013
St. Joseph’s Parish Organizing Team, Somers Point
St. Damian Parish Organizing Team, Ocean City
Philadelphia Inquirer Camden bishop: 'Moral urgency' for immigration reform
40 Vigils at Rep. LoBiondo’s office
Vigils at Rep. Smith’s Office
Al Punto con Jorge Ramos
9-DAY PILGRIMAGE FOR CITIZENSHIP - 160 MILES - 4 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS
Holy Cross Parish Organizing Team, Bridgeton
Christie Agrees to In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants 12/19/13
Across the Country • 104 face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress & 352 more with their staff • 87,107 Phone Calls, emails, postcards, letters into Congressional Offices • 52,542 people attending public events, pilgrimages and prayer vigils • 294 national and local earned media stories • Of the 26 House Districts where PICO ran local campaigns: 21 face-to-face meetings, 8 made public comments in support of citizenship, 3 voted against defunding DACA, and 2 signed on to HR 15
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