Immigration Reform'S ARCHIVE

  • Here, PICO California Co-Director Joseph Tomás Mckellar answers questions about this key immigration bill and how lobbying efforts for it intersect with PICO CA’s support for bail reform and SB 10 Q: How important were the efforts of PICO network leaders (including those at OCO) in the victories won in the first leg of the battle—in […]

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  • Two celebrations took place over last week that are significant to both the Christian and Jewish faiths.

    Our co-chairs—Rev. George Cummings, pastor of Imani Community Church, and Richard Speiglman, a member of Kehilla Community Synagogue— took some time to reflect on what Passover and Easter mean to them. They also shared how those traditions relate to the work of OCO.

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  • Did you catch Gov. Brown’s State of the State yesterday? Among other things, he talked about the Local Control Funding Formula, Realignment and driver’s licenses for the undocumented.

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  • The nationwide solidarity fast was inspired by scripture and the examples of Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Cesar Chavez to show Congress that we can’t wait any longer for them to pass immigration reform legislation that builds a roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans.

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  • Our Lifelines works has been picking up over the last couple of months. We co-hosted a community strategy meeting in Berkeley to figure out how to reverse California’s trend of having the largest number of prisoners in the country. That meeting was full of energy and kicked off a series of meetings in Fresno and one more taking place in Los Angeles. We held a community meeting with Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and other partners to get input on the proposed Community Advisory Board, which the Alameda County Board of Supervisors have been directed to form as part of the county’s response to the historic prison Realignment process that has been underway for the past two years. Another one is planned with Supervisor Nate Miley on Nov. 5.

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  • Although the A’s got knocked out of the playoffs, we still have a reason to celebrate in Oakland. Five bills that we supported along with our PICO California sister organizations all got signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

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  • Parishioners from St. Anthony Catholic Church have taken their leadership to a whole new level with the altar they recently completed to bring more awareness to the need for a path to citizenship. Fr. Jesus Nieto-Ruiz, pastor of St. Anthony’s, said the leaders decided to create the altar to provide a sacred space where people of faith who care about immigration reform could share their pain and be reminded of why they’re organizing. While Congress is still debating how to move forward with immigration legislation, it’s becoming even more urgent for elected officials to hear why a pathway to citizenship needs to be included in the final bill.

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  • If you’re an OCO leader or supporter, we need your help on Thursday. Two critical bills, AB 218—the Ban the Box bill—and AB 4—the TRUST Act—have reached Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and we’ll be calling on him to urge him to sign both of them to provide equity and opportunity for all those who live in California.

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  • Monday was a historic day for the Campaign for Citizenship in California. The pilgrims raising awareness about the need for a pathway to citizenship finished their 21-day, 285-mile journey, and thousands of supporters (including our leaders) traveled to Bakersfield to celebrate with them.

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  • We sent a busload of leaders to Sacramento on Sunday to support the kickoff of the Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship, a 285-mile journey that 11 valiant pilgrims are embarking on from Sacramento to Bakersfield. Although none of our leaders will be walking with the pilgrims, we will be holding events, phone banking and […]

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