PICO changes its name

Social justice organizing network founded in Oakland in 1972 has changed its name to Faith in Action

The PICO National Network, a faith-based organizing network founded in Oakland in 1972, has changed its name to Faith in Action. The name change comes after the hiring of a new executive director, the Rev. Alvin Herring, who succeeded Scott Reed, who will retire on June 1, ending a 40-year tenure with PICO. Faith in Action will unveil a new logo and … [Read more...]

World Meeting of Popular Movements coming to Modesto February 16-19

Vatican-led meeting will focus on social justice, racism and migration

Let’s say you’re the top administrator at a small Catholic high school in Modesto. One day the bishop mentions that the Vatican – yes, the Vatican – wants to send about 600 people to spend four days on your campus for meetings literally geared to change the world in terms of social justice. Oh, and one of the most prominent cardinals from within Pope Francis’s inner circle … [Read more...]

Rent control initiative pushed in San Mateo parishes

Signature gathering at St. Matthew and St. Timothy

  The following comes from a June 7 posting on Catholic San Francisco. Supporters of an initiative to impose rent control and limit evictions on multi-family rental properties in the city of San Mateo were gathering signatures at St. Matthew and St. Timothy parishes as they aim to place the measure on the November ballot. About 10,000 signatures are needed for the … [Read more...]

This wasn’t just a speech

Central Valley leaders reflect on gathering with Pope Francis in Bolivia

The following comes from a Fresno Bee article by Carmen George: Apart of a group invited by the Vatican to attend a gathering in Bolivia last week, Monsignor Raymond Dreiling, vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, was sitting within feet of Pope Francis as he delivered a speech that Monsignor Dreiling believes will “go down in history as one of the most … [Read more...]

He ‘shared stage’ with archbishop

Homosexual activist and longtime foe of Church welcomed at San Francisco cathedral On Saturday, Jan. 28, San Francisco’s Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption hosted an interfaith service and press conference in support of AB 1081, a measure challenging the federal “Secure Communities” program. The event was organized by the San Francisco Organizing Project and … [Read more...]