FAITH-FILLED RESISTANCE TO ACHIEVE RACIAL JUSTICE AND ECONOMIC DIGNITY
PICO California is the largest multi-racial faith-based community-organizing network in the state connecting and leveraging the power of the people to impact broad systemic change. Motivated by various prophetic traditions, we ground our civic action and demands for change in moral and ethical principles. We use a relationship-based organizing model to develop leadership and build capacity for civic engagement in communities throughout California.
Established in 1994, PICO California organizes in 73 cities, 35 school districts, and in more than seventy-five percent of the state's Senate and Assembly districts. We are deeply connected with communities through congregations and religions institutions and we work in coalition across racial, economic, ethnic, and religious lines. We are comprised of 19 non-profit organizations made up of 480 interfaith congregations, schools, and neighborhood institutions representing 450,000 families. We bring our local federations together throughout California to affect meaningful budget and policy change at the state level.
PICO California recognizes that racial and economic inequality are inextricably woven into the fabric of our society. Structural racism actively impedes access to important life opportunities and reproduces harmful outcomes that impact marginalized communities (with a special emphasis on people of color, undocumented people, formerly incarcerated people, and youth). Because of this, we are committed to putting racial and social justice, and economic dignity at the center of our work. Using this lens, we organize to make sure that everyone has access to, among other things, affordable and safe housing, quality healthcare, equitable education opportunities, a living wage, and security within their own bodies. We specifically fight against racial profiling, mass incarceration, inhumane immigration practices, and the womb to prison pipeline. Over the past 20 years, our organizing and policy advocacy has resulted in increased investments in education, healthcare, restorative justice practices, support for those aspiring to American citizenship, and in other programs and services that are critical for working families.