A new group of concerned parents in Morgan Hill is imploring elected school board members to better educate the city’s Latino students.
San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Inside
Broad of Education Trustee Joseph DiSalvo shares his thoughts on charter and public schools, and stories he heard at PACT's Community Meeting for Excellent Schools.
PACT Leaders Jesus Ruiz's Op-ed on detainer policy of Santa Clara County.
San Benito County Today
Four more parents, introducing themselves as parent leaders of PACT (Parents Acting Together in the Community), urged the board members to accept the petition for a Navigator School in Morgan Hill.
This article covers the current fight by PACT leaders for charter school opportunities in the Morgan Hill area. Despite being denied the Morgan Hill Unified School Boards, leaders remain determined to take their request to the county of Santa Clara.
A photo slideshow of San Jose's march for immigration reform on Oct, 5th, National Day of Dignity and Respect.
Jose Antonio Vargas, the Mountain View-raised journalist and immigration activist, was unfailingly humble Friday as he received a Community Builder award from the interfaith, grass-roots organization People Acting in the Community Together.
People Acting in Community Together, a community services agency that has advocated for discounted transit for low-income residents, organized the event, according to Monika Kessling, a PACT spokeswoman.
The Knight Foundation announces six organizations including PACT to lead projects that will leverage the power of technology to spur civic participation and strengthen community ties.
PACT Leaders help create the UPLIFT and TAP programs to support families in need of affordable public transportation.
Families who face the threat of losing their home through illegal and unethical practices have a new watch-dog alliance on their side.
People Acting in Community Together has announced its honorees for this year's Leadership Luncheon, and it should make for a powerhouse event this fall.
"We knew it was bad, but I never though it was this bad," said Roberto Aguirrez, a parent leader with PACT, a group lobbying the Morgan Hill Unified District to approve charter schools and boost opportunities for Latino success. "We have a crisis now."
Representantes del mundo religioso y de empresas tecnológicas del Valle del Silicio iniciaron una serie de vigilias al frente de la oficina de la congresista.
The press conference is kicking off 11 days of vigils, taking place May 20 through June 4 from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The prayer vigils in San Jose are just one of many prayer vigils scheduled across the United States.
Innovate Public Schools was started by Matt Hammer, the former executive director of PACT, which successfully pushed the Alum Rock district to add charter schools and small autonomous schools, among other strategies, to raise Latino student achievement.
Acknowledging the emotional stories of those, especially children, who came up to speak at the church event organized by People Acting in Community Together, or PACT, Lofgren said the average 1,400 deportations that happen each day are a "nightmare and tr
Expanding Senior Transportation: People Acting in Community Together hosts a meeting in support of expanding transportation options for local seniors. Applications for senior Clipper Cards, for use on multiple Bay Area transit systems, will be available.
Ni\xc3\xb1os que no han visto a sus padres desde que nacieron, j\xc3\xb3venes que temen por el futuro de sus familias... casos conmovedores durante una misa en la iglesia Nuestra Se\xc3\xb1ora de Guadalupe para pedir por una reforma.
The National Catholic Reporter
"There are kids who go to school and can't concentrate because they live in fear," she said during a "Children's Press Conference" held Tuesday to draw public attention to the ongoing distress in immigrant families.
Most of the seven Morgan Hill board members have refused to meet with Latino parents working with People Acting in Community Together. PACT, a faith-based community organizing movement, has successfully catalyzed educational and neighborhood improvements
The Valley Catholic
On a bright Sunday afternoon, March 3, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, San Jose, a bus packed with immigrant families started its engines and began to travel thousands of miles across California urging members of Congress to pass immigration reform with
Morgan Hill Times
A community action meeting facilitated by PACT, or People Acting in Community Together, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, located at 17500 Peak Ave. in Morgan Hill.
PACT states in a press release that its members
The forum itself is an outgrowth of a public/private partnership that started when Santa Clara County began developing a new senior agenda. That effort trickled down to People Acting in Community Together which, in turn, led to a smaller subset that inclu
CBS San Francisco
"Low-income people in Santa Clara County pay the largest percentage of their income on transportation compared to any other county in the Bay Area--over 33 percent," said PACT member Sandy Hietala
PACT leaders and partner organizations across San Jos\xc3\xa9 came together at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to witness President Obama's early support for immigration reform and share their reactions.
The Santa Clara County Board of Education voted early Thursday morning to exempt the 1.4-acre site from zoning rules. That means Rocketship will start working on preparing the parcel for development, said Erik Schoennauer, the school's land-use consultant
Among those celebrating the changing tone was Leticia Alvarez, a San Jose waitress and mother of two who is resting her family's future on Congress granting her a path to citizenship this year.
Alvarez said she crossed the border 17 years ago with a drea
San Jose Mercury News Editorial
Republicans need immigration reform to show that they care about Latino and Asian-American voters. Democrats need it to fulfill their president's campaign promise.
PICO, a national network of faith-based community organizations, has launched a "Campaign for Citizenship" to pressure Congress to enact reform. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is sponsoring a postcard campaign urging Catholics to contact lawmaker
The first big test of the board's commitment comes Wednesday night when it will vote on a zoning exemption allowing Rocketship to build a school near the Tamien light-rail station.
Erika Andiola's mother was deported, using Secure Communities, because she kept trying to return to the United States to be with her family?
San Jose Mercury News OpEd
Members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, a PACT (People Acting in Community Together) partner, are reporting drastically different feelings about law enforcement; they feel thankful for the officers they see in their neighborhoods.
"He said we've already had this debate, we've already had this debate for a long time, and now it's time to move," said the Rev. Jon Pedigo, pastor of San Jose's Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. "I walked away very optimistic. The crowd was absolutely electr
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
A Silicon Valley tech company CEO heard Guardino speak about the race when he was honored Oct. 16 at the People Acting in Community Together luncheon.
The national grant went to People Acting in Community Together (PACT), $35,000. PACT exemplifies the mission of CCHD to effect long-term institutional change.
Voters in the Alum Rock School District chose a new trustee, Karen Martinez, in this month's election. We're hopeful she can help the district continue the progress it made under former Superintendent Jose Manzo and avoid reverting to the dysfunction that
FOR 30 YEARS GROUP HAS PUSHED A HOST OF ISSUES
Carl Guardino's Blog
Selma Corman knows all about one of the most popular scams designed to rip off older Americans. When a Santa Clara County prosecutor mentioned the notorious "Midnight Call" scheme at a meeting Sunday afternoon, she nodded her head and raised her hand. "I
PACT has been fortunate to have Matt Hammer as our Executive Director for nearly 13 years. We have celebrated growth and many successes with him. With gratitude for Matt's leadership during this time, we wish him well as he leaves PACT in early November.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill tonight that would have limited local law enforcement's ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Thank you for the op-ed piece supporting raising San Jose's minimum wage...
Mercury News Opinion Letter
Diverse Faith Leaders Urge: Vote for Common Good--Yes on Prop. 30
East San Jose parents and community leaders gathered Monday night to call for the creation of more and better middle schools in the Alum Rock School District.
The meeting was organized by People Acting in Community Together, a community action organizati
With fewer than half of eighth-graders testing proficient in English and math, parents in two East San Jose school districts have declared a middle-school crisis and are pressing for opening new alternative and charter schools.
Some San Jose parents with middle school students want more charter and alternative schools because they think their current options are not good enough for their kids.
Over 300 community members gathered to urge Franklin-McKinley officials to adopt proven school models so that all students have access to excellent education and a path to success in high school, college and life.
Un grupo de padres se reuni\xc3\xb3 este jueves por la tarde en las afueras de la iglesia Santa Mar\xc3\xada Goretti para llevarle un mensaje al distrito escolar Franklin-McKinley ya que se encuentran preocupados por la educaci\xc3\xb3n de sus hijos.
People Acting in Community Together, a multicultural, interfaith organization, has announced its Leadership in Action honorees for this year: Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino and Kathleen King, executive director of the Santa Clara Family
Almost 300 concerned community members gathered Monday night at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos to urge public officials to be champions for the growing number of senior citizens in our community.
Mercury News - Silicon Valley Community Newspapers
For the past nine years, Santa Clara County has slashed its funds for senior services in order to balance a budget that has been undermined by recessions and resultant tax losses. That topic was brought up at a recent meeting held by People Acting in Com
Mercury News Opinion
The California Homeowner Bill of Rights that the Rev. Eduardo Samaniego wrote about in Sunday's paper is coming up for a crucial vote Wednesday in the Senate Banking Committee. [It's] the best hope for the multitude of homeowners still underwater in Cali
Play fair. It's what we're taught at a very young age - at home and in school. But not everyone plays fair, and not everyone has regard for their neighbor. Over the last five years of the foreclosure crisis, big banks have repeatedly flaunted their disre
The New York Times
During the recent weeks of Lent, the Rev. Ryan Bell has led his Southern California congregation into the penitential spirit of the season. By the April weekend when Christians mourn Jesus' crucifixion and celebrate his resurrection, Mr. Bell said, he wi
Let's thank San Jose City Councilmembers for their commitment to the Children's Health Initiative even in time of budget cuts.
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Reverend Robert Rien is angry at America's major banks, so angry he has pulled all his parish's money out of the Bank of America and opened accounts at a small local bank. He has called on his flock to do the same and joined a nationwide interfaith m
PICO National Network
About a dozen White House officials descended on San Jose on Saturday for an all-day summit with members of the region's politically important Latino community -- a gathering in which officials were at times forced to defend the administration's polices o
An army of parents -- many of them affiliated with PACT -- is pushing the expansion to offer more of their children a Rocketship education.
Ten years ago, at least 16 percent of all children in Santa Clara County did not have any health insurance; today that figure is less than 4 percent thanks to the Children's Health Initiative.
To save money, keep children in school and provide preventive
CBS 5 San Francisco
A group of people tell about the cruel eviction of an older, sick woman. Clergy and community people gathered around 68 year old Darlene Bowland, a San Jose woman battling cancer who was evicted by Wells Fargo.
On national day of action against foreclosures, PACT and Councilman Ash Kalra called for Banks to stop to foreclosures on victims of so-called predatory loans especially when victims did not or could not understand the complex terms.
But the truth is that the stories of financial collapse are rarely simple. Local activists, including People Acting in Community Together, have taken Bowland on as a stark example of banks' heartlessness.
El - Observador
This year marks the 10th anniversary for Santa Clara County's Children's Health Initiative (CHI). The community met to celebrate at the First Unitarian Church in downtown San Jose.
The Santa Clara County's CHI was established to provide access to health i
National Catholic Reporter
As part of a growing movement to divest funds from corporate banks involved in home foreclosures, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Jose, California, is closing its $3 million accounts with Bank of America and moving the money to a community credit
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). For over 40 years, the Campaign has sought to carry out the Gospel mandate to "bring good news to the poor, liber
A prominent member of Silicon Valley's exclusive "1 percent" club is pulling his money out of Bank of America and cutting all ties with the bank -- and he hopes others will follow his lead.
"It is going to take wealthy people divesting to send B of A the message that they need to stop foreclosing on our families and stop making money off the backs of our homeowners. It's going to take all of us to send that message. I will start that here t
"We have started a big movement that we are just excited to see how others are responding to this," said the group's Aurora Solies. "We're telling the banks that we are fed up with the way they're treating homeowners."
The Wyndham Hotel's banquet room ... was a veritable who's who of San Jose and Santa Clara County politics, business and philanthropists at the Nov. 3 People Acting in Community Together luncheon to honor this year's top community builders Judy Chirco of
As Occupy Wall Street protests continue, a San Jose grassroots group takes different route. Unhappy customers were striking back at bank bottom lines.
New American Media
People Acting in Community Together, an interfaith group has worked on foreclosure prevention locally and is working with community members, including Do and Most Holy Trinity Church to use their sizeable and high visibility divestments to win some gains
ABC 7 News
Mike Fox Sr. is a prominent San Jose businessman and philanthropist who is pulling his money out of Bank of America. He says the bank can and should do more when it comes to loan modifications and the foreclosure crisis.
On Wednesday, PACT and Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church announced that they were withdrawing up to $4 million from their long-time banks and transferring those funds to local credit unions.
PACT also developed a campaign to open small schools in Alum Rock to provide an environment where students could have better opportunities to learn and where parents and community mattered. PACT searched out educators to work with, forming design teams co
On Monday night, Martinez will join an expected overflow crowd, many with experiences and fears similar to Martinez's, as the Alum Rock Union school board decides whether to grant a charter for Alpha Middle School. It's a school that parents dearly hope w
KGO ABC 7
Several businesses, residents and churches in San Jose are sending a powerful message to a few of the biggest banks in the country: They're withdrawing their money and putting it somewhere else.
San Jose churches, organizations and residents are divesting millions of dollars from big banks due to their unethical policies and practices.
Allen is a member of People Acting in Community Together, a coalition of 50 or so religious congregations that invited four political heavyweights in local public transportation to the meeting and put them on the hot seat. Would they commit to reducing fa
Organizers ecstatic; plan for new Alpha Middle School to open in 2012
Join PACT faith and grassroots community leaders in thanking San Jose Police Chief Moore, for removing ICE agents from SJPD in response to urging from PACT and other organizations. Let him know we're counting on his leadership to rebuild community trust i
Silicon Valley One - Fall 2008
"Civic Citizens - impassioned people change their communities, and community involvement changes people. Call it the hopeful cycle of public progress."
Driven by a dramatic drop in gang killings coupled with community fears that law-abiding undocumented residents would be deported, San Jose police on Wednesday ended their brief alliance with federal immigration agents.
Temple Emanu-El of San Jose celebrates its 150th anniversary Friday, giving it the honor as the oldest Jewish congregation in Santa Clara Valley, and among the oldest Reform congregations on the West Coast.
On July 8, over 100 members from People Acting in Community Together (PACT) gathered in front of San Jose City Hall to pray for the City of San Jose as it faces budget cuts, a rise in murder rates, a reduction of police officers, and a rising distrust of
Moore is wrestling with a related pair of policing problems: a spike in gang violence that is generating one of the highest homicide rates in years and a chronic lack of trust in the police among many in the Latino communities.
Last Wednesday, 250 people joined PACT to urge city and county officials to build trust between the community and police to protect public safety for all.
More than 1200 people crammed into St. John Vianney Church to demand that public school officials replicate proven, high-performing public schools for low-income children, even when that requires closing the lowest-performing schools to make room for new
In the midst of what San Jose residents are saying is a soaring murder rate, police officers have until 9:00 a.m. Tuesday to decide whether or not they will take a 10 percent cut and lose at least 100 of their officers. The idea of fewer cops on the stree
Community leaders in the San Francisco Bay area's largest city have called for police reforms, as the homicide rate is on track to be the highest since the 1980s.
El pasado 8 de junio la organización PACT (siglas en inglés) convocó a las autoridades y a la comunidad para hablar sobre el tema de seguridad y la ola de homicidios que se ha incrementado en la ciudad de San José.
Over 1,200 parents, teachers, and community members attended an action meeting with elected officials regarding failing schools, primarily in East San Jose.
San Jose's rising homicide rate was a subject of great concern at a community meeting this week, as the city is on track to have the most killings since the 1980s.
Host Cy Musiker talks with Jill Malone, a leader with People Acting in Community Together (PACT), the group that called tonight's meeting.
As more than 1,200 parents, children and residents packed an East San Jose church Tuesday night, school officials promised to welcome more charter schools. But they stopped short of pledging to close low-performing schools.
Hundreds of religious leaders and community members joined PACT, People Acting in Community Together, to call on police and city leaders at a packed meeting in a South San Jose church to save police officer jobs and enact reforms in the wake of the city's
If we can agree to work together, putting accusatory language and ego behind, we can reap many benefits that will serve the educational needs of San Jose's children. One of these benefits is financial, and it's a big one: The Gates Foundation is offering
This week PACT held a Community Action Meeting, "What Affects One, Affects Us All", with nearly 200 concerned community members at the First Unitarian Church in downtown San Jose. This was the 3rd in a series of PACT Actions on public safety and law enfo
People Acting in Community Together (PACT) faith and community members held a meeting to call on city and county officials to take action to rebuild trust in local law enforcement by rooting out bias-based policing and stopping the collateral consequences
San Jose's assistant chief of police has committed to rooting out racial bias in the department. Assistant Chief Diane Urban said as much during a community meeting last night called by the interfaith group PACT. Urban said she would require multicultural
PACT -- People Acting in Community Together -- will host a community meeting its leaders say is geared at rebuilding trust between residents and police. Acting Assistant Police Chief Diane Urban, city Councilman Sam Liccardo and Santa Clara County Distri
People Acting in Community Together (PACT) faith leaders, parents and Anderson Elementary children delivered a powerful message to the city council and mayor to continue supporting the Children's Health Initiative.
Last Thursday night Mayor Reed met with PACT and more than 800 community members concerned about community safety, lack of trust in the police and the hiring of the Chief of Police.
A San Jose community group, increasingly concerned over the city's recent spate of homicides and closely monitoring the city's impending choice of a new police chief, is holding a community meeting on the topics this week. PACT has been at the forefront
PACT faith and community leaders called on Bank of America and other big national banks to stop practices that are devastating families, communities and the economy while bank executives were to receive huge holiday bonuses.
Mercury News, Campbell Reporter
Recently... a community meeting (was) organized by People Acting in Community Together (PACT), the Amanda Network, Cambrian Park United Methodist Church and First Congregational Church of San Jose to discuss cyberbullying at middle and high school campuse
New presents under the tree are always fun. But sometimes the best gift of the season is awakening to the realization that something truly valuable in our lives has perhaps been taken for granted....PACT, People Acting in Community Together, (which) is gr
Among the homeowners who met Miller in the basement of a Des Moines church was Gina Gates of San Jose, California, who said it was the first time she felt she was being heard.
The Mercury News
"Families were getting pulled over for a broken headlight and having to walk three miles home with their kids," said Maritza Maldonado, a veteran leader of PACT in San Jose. "Now, they won't have to do that. And we can use this change to build a better re
This week PACT launched an anti-bullying campaign with 250 concerned community members and school and city officials at Cambrian Park United Methodist Church.
Bay City News Service
The meeting, held at the Cambrian Park United Methodist Church by People Acting in Community Together, or PACT, was held to bring awareness to the issue and call on school officials to respond to what they claim is an epidemic in San Jose schools and comm
ABC/KGO South Bay News
One by one, San Jose area students stood up and shared their stories. Bullying is a nationwide epidemic where one in seven high scholars considers suicide as an escape from bullying. More than 200 people attended the event.
At the meeting, national statistics were cited indicating that every day 160,000 students miss school because of fear of being bullied. Some victims of bullying came forward with their stories.
"I can't wait anymore. Something needs to change immediately," said Garnica.
For the past two years, PACT grassroots leaders from Most Holy Trinity and with the PICO National Network, have worked in coalition with other national community organizations and unions to put pressure on the federal government to hold big banks accounta
Christ the King leaders shared research about various community-policing models they have learned about from other cities, which helped create mutually respectful relationships between law enforcement and the community they serve and reduced crime at the
Catholic News Service
Forty representatives of a nationwide coalition of faith-based community organizations asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Nov. 3 to step up efforts to end the home foreclosure crisis.
This week Most Holy Trinity PACT leaders and San Jos\xc3\xa9 City Councilmembers announced that the City has diverted nearly $1 Billion from Bank of America based on the bank's poor record of modifying loans to stop preventable foreclosures.
PACT hailed the City's social responsibility investment policy to get banks to mitigate foreclosures.
PACT and San Jose City Councilmembers announced that the City has diverted nearly $1Billion from Bank of America due to its poor record on loan modifications to stop preventable foreclosures.
People Acting in Community Together is celebrating
its 25th anniversary with a luncheon Oct. 14 at the
Wyndham Hotel, 1350 N. First St., San Jose.
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PACT chaired a press conference with coalition partners to announce the unanimous vote by Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors to opt-out of a controversial federal immigration program, S-Comm.
Trinity Cathedral along with San Jose City Council member Ash Kalra hosted a jobs panel discussion on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010.
The hearing, convened by the Treasury Department and the community advocacy group PACT, was a heartbreaking reminder of the obvious: The Obama administration's 16-month-old loan modification program is failing.
According to the PICO network, fewer than 10 percent of the 3 million to 4 million homeowners the program promised to help have received permanent loan modifications. As a result, many are still waiting for responses from the banks or have lost their home
As individuals and with our congregations, we are responding to this most recent hate crime with our renewed commitment to building a community where all are welcome and no one has to live in fear. We will work together as one body to help our own communi
National People's Action
The U.S. Treasury Department is responsible for implementing President Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) that promised to help 3-4 million homeowners avoid foreclosure.
The Bay Citizen
The United States has allowed its current practice of electronic waste disposal to continue unabated for years, but community groups in the Silicon Valley are trying to do something about it.
Councilman Ash Kalra asked that the city consider the idea, citing concerns that "e-waste" -- which contains toxic materials including mercury -- is often shipped to developing countries with weak environmental and safety standards.
Community Newspapers-The Rose Garden Resident
Developing countries where e-waste is shipped often show extremely high levels of lead and toxic chemicals in the soil, air and water, creating hazards for the people, many of them children, who sift through the debris looking for metals they can sell.
PACT has joined with PICO congregations across the country in a national Bank Accountability campaign to stop preventable foreclosures and keep families in their homes.
New America Media
"Our idea is that the congregations and large institutions -- unions, schools, universities, pension funds, local and state governments - should start moving their deposits and investments out of banks that are not working to keep families in their homes.
San Jose Inside
By Joseph DiSalvo
The goals of the trip were twofold: to inspire the delegation with information about small charter high schools achieving extraordinary results and to see if there is interest by these charter schools/organizations in coming north to Sil
As people of faith, we are keeping our eyes on the prize, just as we did as leaders of the civil rights movement and other historic struggles for justice that helped perfect the promise of America. When the marching and praying end this weekend in Washing
But it's this grassroots organizing--and there has been a lot of it in recent months--that holds the key to the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.
"We Are One Family Under God" set the theme for the Feb. 26 prayer vigil on immigration reform at St. Julie Church, San Jose, sponsored by a coalition of church and community groups, especially PACT (People Acting in Community Together).
Bank of America is facing the power of prayer over foreclosures.
The Huffington Post
The Boston Globe
Religious groups lobby government, lenders
A year after a San Jose teen's suicide attempt left her in a vegetative state, her family tries to raise awareness on the evils of cyberbullying.
El Observador, By Osvaldo Castillo
Last Friday PACT took another huge step forward in transforming education in San Jos\xc3\xa9 so that all kids have access to a path to college.
San Jos\xc3\xa9 Mercury News
Life has not been easy for Priscilla Camacho, who is from East San Jose. She joined a gang at the age of 14, sold drugs to pay bills and became addicted to crystal methamphetamine.
Kids dropping out of San Jose schools in just one year may go on to commit 534 violent crimes a year and suffer $200 million in lost wages over their lifetimes, in addition to costing the community millions in health care costs and lost productivity, acco
Monday night was an amazing night - a powerful turning point - for the 700+ parents, students and community members who gathered to urge their elected officials to take action to end the chronic school failure and dropout crisis in East San Jose by invest
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