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

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Salvadoran churches use PICO model to win clean water
Eight hundred people from 5 congregations led the first
organizing process in Central America based on the PICO Model.
Four mayors and an owner of a cheese factory (who is also the
president of the National Enterprise Association in El Salvador)
responded to public demands from community and clergy to begin
taking steps to clean up water contamination from the factory
and to return in March to give a progress report to the

Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/31_svVd1DS1K/

Violence Prevention

Camden churches push for new police leadership, strategy
Camden Churches Organized for People mobilized more than 800
faith-community members to meet with New Jersey Attorney General
Anne Milgram and the city's state-appointed Chief Operating
Officer. Church-community leaders lifted up the painful impact
of violent crime on families and the lack of permanent policy
leadership in the city and presented proposals for new
leadership and new policing strategies to improve public safety
in Camden.

Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/x1_svVd1DS1F/.

Organizing brings model violence prevention program to Oakland
Oakland Community Organizations has won support from city
officials for an Oakland Strategy for Violence Prevention and
Intervention. The initiative to stem rising levels of violence
and homicide in Oakland is based on a successful intervention
model developed in Boston. Now OCO is helping community leaders
learn how they can make the initiative work in their

Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/37_svVd1DS1V/

Cover all Children

PICO keeps up pressure on Congress to enact SCHIP legislation
before Christmas
PICO launched a new e-mail campaign to build pressure on
Congress to complete work on a strong SCHIP bill before
Christmas. If Congress does not act before the end of the year,
as many as 1.4 million children could lose their health care.
States across the country are already planning to send letters
cutting children off health care. Please join PICO in asking
Congress to reach an agreement to cover 10 million uninsured
children and to reduce, not increase, barriers for low-income
children. Visit http://ga3.org/ct/w7_svVd1DS1Q/ to send an
e-mail to your Congressperson and to President Bush.

PICO Florida helps win $1.1 million for 5,000 uninsured
Federation of Congregations United to Serve (FOCUS) leaders
travelled from Orlando to Tallahassee on October 1 to deliver
5,000 letters to Governor Crist, House Speaker Rubio, and Senate
President Pruitt asking them to add KidCare Reform to the
October Special Session. The reform would improve inefficient
administration that discourages parents from applying for the
program and threatens the loss of millions of dollars in federal
funding. Less than two weeks later the Florida State Senate
passed $1.1 million legislation that will open 5,000 new slots
in the program. In addition, the Florida Chief Financial Officer
implemented changes that permit easier application procedures.

Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/3p_svVd1DS1C/

Cortland, NY, Rallies for Children's Health Care
Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope (M.I.C.A.H.) in Cortland
County, NY obtained the agreement of five state and local
officials to partner on getting every eligible child in this
mixed rural and urban community covered by health insurance
within two years. Over 250 people from ten M.I.C.A.H.
congregations joined with 20 community organizations at the
public action meeting to launch a county campaign to cover all
children and to press for state action to reduce enrollment

Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/xd_svVd1DS1-/

Good Schools

Denver parents propose alternatives to school closing plan
Metro Organizations for People (MOP) is pressing the Denver
Public Schools to reconsider a school closing plan that has been
criticized by educators and parents for not guaranteeing a
better education to students whose schools are slated for
closure. MOP has worked with parents, teachers and community
members to develop an alternative proposal that provides
adequate time and planning for opening new schools to be
successful and insures that students whose schools are closed
are sent to high performing schools.

Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/xp_svVd1DS1D/

Civic Participation

Ya Es Hora Ciudadania! Campaign Gains Strength in Los Angeles
LA Voices' continuing campaign with UniVision to naturalize
eligible immigrants has found huge success. There are 5.7
million legal permanent residents of Latino descent that are
eligible to become U.S. citizens. Almost 30% of those live in
California and could transform electoral politics in the state
if they naturalized. Citizenship applications have increased in
LA by 118% since the beginning of the campaign in January 2007.

Birmingham Mayoral Candidates Hear voters' Concerns
Birmingham Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee (BAISC)
organized a mayoral forum at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church
with the six candidates about a variety of issues including
schools, Community Development Block Grants, and poverty.

Neighborhood Revitalization

New Anchorage Bus Stop Turns Blight into Beauty
Anchorage Faith and Action Congregations Together (AFACT) won a
new $90,000 bus stop in a long-neglected neighborhood as part
of an ongoing effort to revitalize the community. The new bus
stop is well-lit on its own island of safety and the number of
riders is rapidly increasing.

Read more at http://ga3.org/ct/3d_svVd1DS1Z/


Health Care Campaign Coordinator
PICO National Network is hiring a Health Care Campaign
Coordinator to support state organizing campaigns to win health
coverage for working families and their children. Applicants
should have experience in health care policy and legislative
and/or ballot campaigns at the state level.

Online Communications Coordinator/Writer
PICO National Network is looking for someone with strong writing
skills and online communications experience to produce content
for our website (http://ga3.org/ct/e7_svVd1DSqa/), e-mail
newsletters and action alerts, print publications and help
manage online communication.

PICO federations in Vermont, Massachusetts, and California have
job openings. Visit http://ga3.org/ct/ep_svVd1DSqz/ to see
current jobs and learn more about working in the PICO network.

PICO needs your financial support
PICO's success in empowering families and improving communities
depends on financial contributions from our donors. To help
support our work on the issues you've read about in this issue
of e-news and others, visit http://ga3.org/ct/ed_svVd1DSqq/ to
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