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  • 1. 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
  • 2. PICO’s Approach to Faith-Based Community Organizing • Building Relationships • Leadership Development • Faith Integration & Grounding
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Statewide Training March 2-3, 2013
  • 7. St. Joseph’s Parish Organizing Team, Somers Point
  • 8. St. Damian Parish Organizing Team, Ocean City
  • 9. Philadelphia Inquirer Camden bishop: 'Moral urgency' for immigration reform
  • 10. 40 Vigils at Rep. LoBiondo’s office
  • 11. Vigils at Rep. Smith’s Office
  • 12. Al Punto con Jorge Ramos
  • 13. 9-DAY PILGRIMAGE FOR CITIZENSHIP - 160 MILES - 4 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS
  • 14. Holy Cross Parish Organizing Team, Bridgeton
  • 15. Christie Agrees to In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants 12/19/13
  • 16. 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