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Now, more than ever, we must fight back against injustice, intolerance, and hatred to create a society rooted in love. As people of faith, we must push our local, state, and government leaders to develop legislation, policies, and budgets that protects and serves all of our families especially our Black, Brown, Native, and Muslim family members. We must continue to build a strong, prophetic, multi-racial movement driven by people of faith ready to act. We must all give our time, talent and treasure to ensure our organizations can link arms with and defend those who are most vulnerable in our communities right now. And we must lay the foundation of a strategy to transform and reinvigorate our democracy. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment.
Give today to help us resist hatred and exclusion. Give so we can fight harder together!
FAITH-FILLED RESISTANCE TO ACHIEVE RACIAL JUSTICE AND ECONOMIC DIGNITY
Structural racism actively impedes access to important life opportunities and reproduces harmful outcomes that impact marginalized communities, especially on people of color, undocumented people, formerly incarcerated people, and youth.
One People, One Fight
WE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ONE PEOPLE
Our faith traditions teach us that we are all interconnected. In the words of James Baldwin, we believe that "each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other." We reject the impulse of empire that seeks to divide and devour our communities. We must always remember that we belong to each other. None of us are free until all of us are free.
WE BELIEVE THAT OUR FIGHT IS ONE FIGHT.
We believe, in the words of Pope Francis, that "there is an invisible thread joining every one of the forms of exclusion." Our faith calls us to see that thread and to untangle the systems of oppression that deny our shared humanity and creates a world with such immense suffering and where so many people are deprived of their dignity and basic needs. We are proud to follow in the tradition of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and resist the "triple evils" of white supremacy, hyper-capitalism and militarism. We seek to be "prophets of the resistance" and are calling for a radical awakening and "revolution of values" that will transform California.
Million Voters Project
MVP is a collaboration of California’s strongest community-based networks: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), California Calls, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV), and PICO California, with support from the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group, Presente.org.
There are over seven million eligible, but unregistered, people in California, and five million more that will likely stay home on election day. To counter this, MVP is mobilizing Black, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander families, immigrants, refugees, faith-based constituencies, and young people, with a goal of registering 80,000 first-time voters by October 24, educating and inspiring 450,000 people to vote in the November 8th General Election, and building to one million by 2018. Together, we work to ensure that the policies passed in California reflect our diverse needs, values, and experiences.
FAITH BASED COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
PICO California’s path to building a more just world involves teaching people of faith how to build and exercise their own power to address the root causes of the problems they face, resist racially, socially, and economically unjust policies and laws, and in turn, revitalize and strengthen the life of congregations and communities.
The LIFT (Love Intercepting Fear Through) Power Faith & Community Forum
The LIFT (Love Intercepting Fear Through) Power Faith & Community Forum is a massive, 1,000+ person gathering of clergy, people of faith, and community partners with elected officials and candidates from across the Central Valley.
We believe a different, better future is possible for the Central Valley, if we work together. A future in which no one is seen as “less than” or walks in fear because of the color of their skin, their legal status, or the amount of money they earn.
The reason is clear – we’ve allowed our Valley economy to be dominated by extraction rather than investment, extraction from our people through poverty-wage jobs, extraction from our land and our air through uncontrolled water and air pollution, extraction from our communities through mass incarceration.
Stand with Black Women and Girls
Three Black women were killed in the first week of August 2016: Korryn Gaines by police, Joyce Quaweay by an intimate partner for failing to “submit” and Skye Mockabee for being trans-gender.
This year, 9 Black women have been shot and killed by police, and 17 trans women have violently lost their lives. Once every 19 hours a Black woman is killed by a man, usually by an intimate partner, usually with a gun.
The Black feminine body is under attack. Yet demographic research says that our Black female bodies are the largest group filling our Christian churches and most other houses of worship around the world. As people of faith we can no longer stay silent about the violence suffered by our Black women and girls.
Standing with Black Women and Girls is not an option – it is an obligation and sacred opportunity. Download the #StandWithBWG toolkit for an action guide and educational resource to aid congregations in continuing or commencing the important work of standing with black women and girls.
THOSE OF US COMMITTED TO ENSURING THE DIGNITY OF ALL WHO CALL OUR COUNTRY HOME HAVE SOUGHT TO REDEEM THE SOUL OF AMERICA, AGAIN AND AGAIN, FIGHTING FOR THE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION, AND ULTIMATELY ENDOWED BY OUR CREATOR. THESE STEPS FORWARD HAVE STRIVED TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE WITHIN OUR BORDERS, AND THAT PURSUIT MUST NOT END.
All over the state of California, community leaders and grassroots organizations are gearing up to fight the dangerous agenda touted by President-elect Trump’s administration. We cannot wait and see - there is far too much at stake. At PICO California, we have a moral obligation to fight against fear-mongering built upon racism, xenophobia, and misogyny. We are fighting for the very soul of our nation and our work has just begun.
Starting now and throughout the first 100 days of President Elect Trumps tenure, we will be asking you to Stand Up, Call Out, and Show Up as we resist all threats against our beloved communities. Detailed below is a listing of opportunities for you to Show Up.
World Meeting of Popular Movements
FEBRUARY 16-19, 2017, MODESTO, CA
The first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements will take place in Modesto, California from February 16 to February 19, 2017.
An initiative of Pope Francis, the World Meeting of Popular Movements’ (WMPM) purpose is to create an “encounter” between Church leadership and grassroots organizations working to address the “economy of exclusion and inequality” (Joy of the Gospel, nos. 53-54) by working for structural changes that promote social, economic and racial justice.
The World Meeting of Popular Movements will bring together hundreds of grassroots leaders from various cultures and communities across the United States with representatives from the Vatican, international grassroots groups, and U.S. Bishops.