HOW WE RESIST
FAITH BASED COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
There are many paths to a more just world, and faith-based community organizing is one of them. 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.
Within PICO, we have developed and are constantly refining five core strategies to achieve our long-term social change goals and vision:
- A Relational Model of Institution-based Community Organizing.
- A Prophetic Narrative of Liberation.
- An Explicit Agenda for Racial Equity.
- Integrated Voter Development (IVE).
- Strategic partnerships & alliances.
In our network, this struggle for justice is deeply rooted in our multiracial faith traditions. Putting racial and social justice at the center of all our work, we believe in the potential for transformation – of people, institutions, and our larger culture.
CLERGY AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
PICO California supports the development and training of clergy to build their capacity, social analysis, and political acumen so they can engage their congregations and peers in promoting racial and social justice. Our engagement with clergy focuses on gun violence, economic disparities, the effects of poor education and lack of effective resourcing, over-criminalization of people of color, affordable housing/displacement, and racism, implicit bias, and other areas of imminent need that they highlight. Clergy value PICO California as a resource they can leverage for training on organizing, policy change as well as systemic injustice and how it impacts the communities they serve. All of which empowers their participation in civic engagement. In partnership with PICO California, our clergy lead local actions, serve as our ambassadors, and greatly influence the moral tone and tenor of our work.