[COMM-ORG] PICO e-news April 2011

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E-News October 27, 2010
PICO Federations work to create safer, vital communities

MCAN leaders focused on increasing activities for youth by
working to prevent a 50 percent funding cut for youth summer
jobs and growing the opportunity for ex-offenders with good or
cleared records to find work, reducing recidivism. Over 1,800
youth gathered at four different public actions to urge
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to commit $3.7 million in
emergency state funds to save the youth jobs program. MCAN
leaders were also instrumental in the recent passage of the CORI
reform law, allowing for non-guilty findings to be cleared from
CORI records and removing questions about previous convictions
on initial screening job applications.

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HEALTHCARE Call with President Obama Launches Massive Health
Reform Outreach Campaign
Tuesday, September 21 PICO will participate in a national
conference call with President Obama to highlight organizing
efforts to bring the benefits of health reform home to local
communities. A PICO leader will share what federations are doing
to implement reform in their local communities, beginning with
"Bring Health Reform Home", a massive door-to-door outreach
campaign to educate people about new benefits of health reform
that go into effect on September 23.

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EDUCATION PICO youth leaders step up to support DREAM Act as it
goes to the Senate floor

PICO youth and student leaders are organizing a nationwide
effort to call senators and urge them to support the DREAM Act
as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid committed to moving a vote
on the DREAM Act as early as next week. The DREAM Act is
bi-partisan legislation that would provide a path to permanent
residency for thousands of young people who have been raised
here, worked hard in school, and would like to pursue higher
education or serve in the military.

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HEALTHCARE PICO represented at White House conference on
children's health coverage
On Friday September 3 Rev. Heyward Wiggins represented PICO at a
press conference with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss
efforts to cover uninsured children through the Children's
Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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