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  [ed:  there is both a press release on immigration organizing and the 
PICO general newsletter in this message.]

From: Gordon Whitman <gwhitman at piconetwork.org>

Brooklyn Congregations United

A faith-based organizing effort

2806 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 (718) 287-4355 fax: (718) 469-5120


July 30, 2010

  Brooklyn Congregations United joins immigration groups across the city 
to announce new immigration
protections for Haitian Americans after the earthquake

Change Takes Faith and Action!


What: Press Conference

When: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 10:00 a.m.

Where: Flatbush Reformed Church, 890 Flatbush Ave., corner of Church Ave.

Visuals: Clergy, Banners


Brooklyn Congregations United (BCU) joins immigrant groups and the U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to announce plans to renew 
immigration legal assistance for Haitians living in New York.  For 
undocumented Haitians living in the U.S. on or before the January 12th 
earthquake, assistance will be available to obtain Temporary Protected 
Status.  The July 20, 2010 deadline to apply for TPS was recently 
extended until January 18th, 2011.  For Haitians who came to the U.S. 
after the earthquake, assistance will be available to obtain Deferred 
Action Status or an Extension of Authorized Stay in the United States.

BCU will be joined by USCIS NY Office Director Andrea Quarantillo, 
Councilmember Jumaane Williams, Bishop Guy Sansariq, Monsignor Joseph 
Malagreca and a number of immigrant groups assisting Haitians in New 
York, including Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, Lutheran 
Social Services of New York and Brooklyn Defender Services.

An estimated 50,000 Haitians in New York City may qualify for 
immigration protections under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  TPS is 
a designation that would allow undocumented Haitians living in the US 
before the January 12th earthquake to receive work authorization and 
protection against deportation.  Until the previous July 20th deadline, 
only 7,500 Haitians in the New York area had applied for this 
designation.  The deadline has recently been extended to next January 
and a fee waiver is available for those who cannot afford to pay the 
application fees.  This creates a renewed opportunity for the more than 
40,000 remaining eligible Haitians in New York to receive this important 

BCU is a non-profit coalition of 22 faith based groups from Christian, 
Muslim and Jewish congregations which works on issues of social change 
at the neighborhood, community, city and statewide levels, as well as on 
national initiatives.  BCU is affiliated with the PICO National Network.

For  More information Contact:  Kassim Hinds, 718-287-4355, or email:  
khindsbcu at gmail.com  | Jaci Braga, Immigration Campaign Coordinator 
303-912-5303, or email Jaci Braga

Copyright © 2010 PICO
Our address is 110 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 407, Washington, DC, 20002, USA


PICO E-News August 3, 2010

PICO organization helps launch national education campaign

Leaders and staff from Oakland Community Organizations


(OCO) joined with local school district allies in presenting the Oakland
story of school transformation at a Congressional briefing and press
conference in Washington, D.C. The OCO presentation was part of the
official launch of a new coalition of community organizations,
Communities for Excellent Public Schools


(CEPS) and included local community groups from around the country. The
Capitol Hill event focused on sustainable transformation of
low-performing schools and proposed an alternative to the Department of
Education's current school turnaround strategy. Read More &gt;&gt;



Bringing Health Reform Home

PICO member federations are working to help people understand how health
reform will effect their families, and to promote local and state
policies that assure that all our families and communities benefit from

Louisiana leaders educate families on what they have at-stake in health


Metro Organizations for People celebrates 100K children covered


Local and state organizations continue to push for Better Schools,
Improved Neighborhoods and Public Safety

Kansas City congregations work to build trust between residents and the


San Diego faith leaders block real estate tax increment plan


Faith community brings people together to reshape life in Orange County,


Anaheim families win affordable housing


Louisiana youth leaders find voice to improve schools


800 PICO leaders descend on Sacramento to make kids a priority


New Health Care Resources

PICO continues to provide easy-to-use education materials that detail
the changes and key dates in health care.

Health Care Reform: Power Point : English



Health Care Reform: Power Point : Spanish



Full-size health implementation chart : English


| Spanish [order];

Single page (8.5 x 11) health implementation chart: English


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Single page (8.5 x 14) health implementation chart: Spanish


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Copyright (c) 2010 PICO
Our address is 110 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 407, Washington, DC, 20002, USA

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