People Acting in Community Together (PACT)
PACT helps everyday people win extraordinary victories by teaching them how to speak, act, and engage in the public arena for themselves through grassroots organizing. PACT trains hundreds of volunteer leaders to have substantive conversations with their neighbors and others in their community, determine common problems, conduct research on the causes of those problems, negotiate solutions with the elected officials, and establish long-term accountability with elected officials. PACT’s Local Organizing Committees (Listening and organizing ministry) at St. Julie's seek to develop a culture of learning distinguished by:
Shared Leadership – All active volunteers are called “leaders” and treated as the term implies.
Praxis – Leaders are constantly encouraged to do things they have never done before and then reflect on what they learned in the process of doing so.
Discipline – PACT meetings are run by trained volunteer leaders, who seek to run them in a timely, orderly, efficient way.
Relationships – High value is placed upon building a broad network of relationships in congregations and in neighborhoods around Silicon Valley.
Our listening and organizing ministry has been focusing for the past couple of years on bringing justice to our undocumented brothers and sisters as well as addressing the huge problem of violence that is affecting many members of our congregation. Center on our catholic teachings of bringing justice and respecting everyones humanity as children of God, we are fighting to build a community that welcomes everyone and treats everyone with dignity.
For more information, please contact Lourdes Mieses, PACT Organizer, email@example.com