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From:  "PICO National Network" <news at piconetwork.org>


Thursday, July 26, 2007

HEALTHY FAMILIES
Compassion Sunday/Sabbath provides hope to uninsured children
With the House and Senate set to vote on children's health bills
next week, congregations in more than 50 cities across the
country are holding Compassion Sunday/Sabbath events this
weekend to encourage people of faith to make their voices heard
on the moral imperative to cover uninsured children. PICO has
set up a toll free number (877) 367-5235 for people to call
their Members of Congress to support a strong Reauthorization of
the successful State Children's Health Insurance Program
(SCHIP). Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/q7_svVd1pzFF/.

States make progress on children's health
As Washington debates the future of SCHIP PICO federations are
winning state policy changes to cover more uninsured children.
PICO federations in Florida, Colorado, Alaska and Missouri all
helped win legislation and regulatory changes to reduce the
number of uninsured children in their states. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/qp_svVd1pzF-/.

PICO California affiliates hold health care forums across state
PICO affiliates in California will hold 19 town hall meetings
across the state in July and August to press for health care
reform, beginning with coverage for all children. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/z1_svVd1pzFV/.

PBS NewsHour features PICO's Cover all Children Campaign
In an indepth report on children's health and the SCHIP program
PBS NewHour highlighted the work of PICO affiliate Communities
Creating Opportunity in Kansas City and PICO's national Cover
all Children campaign. Watch now at
http://ga3.org/ct/V7_svVd1pzF9/.

NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION
Youth, residents lead fight to revitalize Richmond, CA
Richmond City Council unanimously passed a revitalization agenda
crafted by Contra Costa Interfaith Sponsoring Community
Organization. The city will provide $1.2 million in new funding
for year-round youth recreation programs; begin a new Blight
Abatement program for the Iron Triangle neighborhood; and change
city policy to increase policing resources in high crime areas.
Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/zd_svVd1pzFC/.

Rochester makes progress on neighborhood and regional
revitalization agenda
Interfaith Action won commitments from Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy
to continue a successful Foot Patrol Initiative, invest city
funding in a $450,000 revitalization of a city park and
continue to work to create a Neighborhood Housing Trust Fund as
part of the organization?s RochesterOneMonroe agenda. Read more
at http://ga3.org/ct/z7_svVd1pz-1/.

VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Massachusetts wins new state funding for violence prevention
PICO's state network, Massachusetts Communities Action Network
(MCAN) helped pass a new $2 million pilot program on youth
violence prevention, which supplements an $11 million violence
prevention appropriation MCAN helped pass in May. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/zp_svVd1pz-q/.

Oakland presses for best practices in violence prevention
Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) is pressing city officials
to adopt a comprehensive homicide violence prevention strategy,
based in part on successful gang intervention strategy used by
Boston to reach out to at-risk youth and link them to services,
mentors and jobs. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/q1_svVd1pzFH/.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
San Diego works to reverse drop out pattern
San Diego Organizing Project won commitments from School
District leaders to a plan to dramatically raise graduation
rates and increase the number of African American and Latino
students who are college bound after graduation. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/S1_svVd1pz-a/.

HOUSING
Congregations press University of Vermont to build affordable
housing
More than 200 people from Vermont Interfaith Action gathered at
Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington to press the University of
Vermont (UVM) to create more affordable housing for lower wage
university employees. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/qd_svVd1pzFG/.

Families press for affordable housing opportunities in Orange
County, CA
Orange County Congregation Community Organization gathered 500
people to press the City of Anaheim to include low-cost housing
in a large-scale 8,700 home development being planned near Angel
Stadium. Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/Sd_svVd1pz-z/.

Renters demand better housing in Los Angeles
More than one thousand people attended a town hall meeting
organized by LA Voice to press city officials to respond to a
housing crisis facing renters in Los Angeles. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/Sp_svVd1pz-L/.

San Mateo, CA mayor agrees to affordable housing policy changes
Peninsula Interfaith Action won an agreement from San Mateo
Mayor Jack Matthews to strengthen the city's Below Market Rate
housing program to expand the number of low-income housing units
and reduce the price of units to be more affordable to
low-income workers. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/S7_svVd1pz-S/.

IMMIGRANT ORGANIZING
Faith leaders, families and mayors speak out against ICE raids
Clergy, families and local mayors from PICO federations in
California, Colorado and Massachusetts traveled to Washington,
DC in May to deliver a statement signed by 350 clergy in 37
states asking the Bush Administration to halt mass immigration
raids. Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/L1_svVd1pz-_/.

Churches lead citizenship movement in Los Angeles
In partnership with Univisión LA Voice has organized citizenship
events that are attracting thousands of people who want to
become U.S. Citizens. The goal of the Univision campaign is to
urge the one million eligible legal permanent residents in
Southern California to become citizens. Read more at
http://ga3.org/ct/Ld_svVd1pz-A/.

PICO NEWS
PICO announces new fund for the development of community
organizers
The Robert M. Holstein, Jr. Fund for the Development of
Community Organizers will enable PICO to continue our network?s
rapid growth by strengthening our efforts to recruit, train, and
develop professional community organizers. PICO created the fund
in honor of the late Robert M. Holstein, Jr. a former Board
Member and long-time friend of PICO. Contributions to the
Holstein Fund will be used to create a national recruitment
program focused on attracting and retaining African-American,
Latino and Asian organizers and directors in PICO; to provide
organizers with greater professional development opportunities
to promote retention; and to support an innovative new training
institute for new executive directors in the PICO network. PICO
encourages you to make a tax deductible contribution to the
Robert M. Holstein, Jr. Fund for the Development of Organizers,
by sending a check to PICO, 171 Santa Rosa Avenue, Oakland, CA
94610 or by giving online at http://ga3.org/ct/L7_svVd1pz-M/.
For more information contact Steve Klink at
sklink at piconetwork.org.

JOBS
PICO federations in cities across the nation have job openings.
Visit http://ga3.org/ct/Lp_svVd1pz-N/ to see current jobs and
learn more about working in the PICO network.

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