Statewide and National Work
PICO California's mission is to bring the voices and concerns of regular Californians to the statewide policy arena. PICO California is made up of 19 congregation-based community organizations representing 350 congregations and 450,000 families across the state.
The PICO National Network is one of the largest community-based efforts in the United States with more than 1,000 member institutions representing one million families in 150 cities and 17 states, as well as a growing international effort. Since 1972 PICO has successfully worked to increase access to health care, improve public schools, make neighborhoods safer, build affordable housing, redevelop communities and revitalize democracy.
Nonpartisan and multicultural, the PICO network provides an opportunity for people and congregations to translate their faith into action. More than 40 different religious denominations and faith traditions are part of PICO. Together we are lifting up a new vision for America that unites people across region, race, class, and religion.
Learn more about our statewide and national campaigns by clicking on the links below.
LA RED: Liberty. Action. Respect. Equity. Dignity. for immigrant rights
LIVE FREE for justice system reform
TOGETHER WE VOTE FOR VOTER ENGAGEMENT
STATEWIDE AND NATIONAL VICTORIES
California Proposition 57 (Public Safety & Rehabilitation Act): Through PACT’s 2016 voter engagement work with our PICO CA network and allies, California voters passed Prop 57 to increase rehabilitation in the criminal justice system, focusing resources on rehabilitating juvenile and adult inmates.
California AB 953 (Anti-Racial & Identity Profiling Law): In 2015, PACT leaders travelled to Sacramento to support change state law by securing Assembly Bill 953, to curb the harmful and unjust practice of racial and identity profiling, and increase transparency and accountability with law enforcement agencies.
California Proposition 47 (Safe Neighborhoods & Schools Act): (link) With our PICO CA network and allies, PACT engaged voters to passed Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act in 2014. The measure undoes some of the worst excesses of the war on drugs -- and its severely disproportionate impact on communities of color -- by changing some of the most common nonviolent felonies/wobblers into simple misdemeanors, meaning these offenses would no longer result in a prison sentence. Learn more about how Prop 47 is transforming lives.
Voter Engagement: In 2016, PACT by engaging voters across Santa Clara County, we registered over 2,500 new and infrequent voters and had 34,567 conversations with those often ignored by the police process. We played an important role in winning:
- Measure A for affordable housing;
- Prop 55 for education funding; and
- Proposition 57 to increase rehabilitation in the criminal justice system.
Education Reform: PACT, along with PICO California, worked to successfully pass Proposition 55 in 2016 - after passing it's precursor Prop 30 in 2012 - that stabilized school funding for K-12 education and community colleges. With the passage of Props 30, school districts averted thousands of teacher layoffs and the Legislature balanced its budget for the first time in years without slashing social programs. Its continuation with Prop 55 in 2016 guarantees the continued funding of resources for low income, special needs and English Learner students. Learn more about the important education funding reform that resulted from our statewide work.
Health Care: We are working to sustain and expand coverage for all children at the local, state and national levels. PACT helped launch PICO's national campaign to cover all children, and through PICO, we won renewal of SCHIP, which President Obama signed in early 2009. SCHIP provides federal funds to states for children's health coverage.
With our 50 sister organizations in the PICO National Network, we pushed to make affordability a guiding principal of national health reform. Health care reform is bringing health coverage to 32 million uninsured people and prevent people from being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. It will also reduce the federal deficit by $110 billion over the next decade.