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  •  California becomes a “sanctuary state,” limiting who local and state law enforcement can detain and transfer on behalf of ICE The hard work and prayers of OCO/PICO California families, congregations and schools throughout the state paid off on October 5 when Governor Brown signed SB 54, the California Values Act, into law. The act takes […]

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  •             Oakland Community Organizations Names Regional Executive Director   The Board of Directors of Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) is pleased to announce that the Reverend Dr. George C.L. Cummings has been named Regional Executive Director. “OCO has a proud history of victories in the fight for equity and social justice, and […]

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  • RESPONSES TO TERRORISM IN CHARLOTTESVILLE Dear OCO family, If you know in your heart the truth that we are all created with dignity and made beautifully in God’s image, then you can’t help but mourn what happened in Charlottesville. We are saddened to see a manifestation of hate march in our streets and cause bodily […]

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  • What’s needed from the City are speedy trash pick-ups and enforcement strategies that deter illegal dumping Background: Over the past nine months, OCO leaders at St. Louis Bertrand Church have been battling Illegal dumping in the East Oakland flatlands. To press City Hall for solutions, OCO organized public meetings with Mayor Libby Schaaf, District 7 […]

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  • A sampling of media accounts about our work, our mission, our impact RECOMMENDED READING According to OCO leader Richard Speiglman, this New York Times article is “worth a read, worthy of discussion.” Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.     PICO FEDERATIONS IN THE NEWS We’re all […]

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  • A few of the many OCO leaders deserving of honors for all their good work OCO LEADER STEALS THE SHOW? Well, that’s not really what happened, but given all the love and support Vernetta Woods has shown Fremont High students, she really could have top billing there. Woods has been active at the school for […]

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  • Highlights of history in the making: OCO leaders, organizers and allies resist Donald Trump’s policies On March 15, leaders from OCO and other PICO federations from across California will join forces in Sacramento to rally support for two key bills that are part of the ICE Out of California package: SB54 (California Values Act), which […]

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  • OCO leaders received a progress report from the Oakland mayor, District 7’s council member and the director of the new Department of Race and Equity (DRE) Illegal dumping has been a long-standing health issue in Oakland’s flatlands. To better understand and combat the problem, OCO leaders at St Louis Bertrand Church (SLB) held one-to-one conversations […]

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  • Q&A With Towanda Sherry, OCO leader If you’ve been at OCO events, actions, meetings—you name it—you’ve probably seen Towanda Sherry. But you may not know that, back in the day, she was threatened by the FBI because of her work with the African People’s Socialist Party. You may have no idea that she has organized […]

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  •   We’re all in this together: a sampling of recent media clips circulated by Jennifer R. Farmer, managing director of communications, PICO National Network   3/2/17 Washington City Paper Houses of worship are re-creating a decades-old support system to protect immigrants Mentions: @PICOnetwork   3/1/17 The San Diego Union Tribune Organized resistance is forming to […]

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