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 elected officials and establish long-term accountability with those elected officials. PACT’s Local Organizing Committee (Listening and Organizing Ministry) at St. Julie's seeks to develop a culture of learning, listening and taking action 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 led by trained volunteer leaders, who seek to run them in a timely, orderly and efficient way.
Relationships – High value is placed upon building a broad network of relationships in congregations and in neighborhoods around Silicon Valley.
For the last 4+ years, the St. Julie’s PACT Organizing Ministry has been working on the issue of Immigration. We are at a crucial moment in time, in which there is the possibility that Immigration Reform might actually happen, but we MUST continue our efforts. Currently, we are providing support to our brothers and sisters throughout the Central Valley, where we just completed an historic Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship with a huge community action meeting on September 2, 2013 in Bakersfield, California. 200 PACT leaders from San Jose joined over 2500 people from throughout California. The main purpose of the Pilgrimage was to highlight the lives of our undocumented brothers and sisters, through a region that is essential to California’s economy and to the nation, and who will greatly benefit from Immigration Reform. The main goal of our citizenship campaign is to have our elected officials, especially in the Central Valley, support Immigration Reform this year. We want to get 11 million people out of the shadows. We feel that as people of faith, we have a moral obligation to help people in need, to be the voices for the ones who do not have a voice, and to create positive change so that our future generations inherit a better world.
Centered on our catholic teachings of bringing justice and respecting everyone’s humanity as children of God, we are fighting to build a community that welcomes everyone and treats everyone with dignity. Therefore, PACT at St Julie’s is also committed to reengaging the parish, through a process of listening and surveying, around the many issues and concerns facing the St Julie’s community. If you are interested in joining our efforts or simply want more information please contact:
Marie Moore, PACT Organizer Consultant, 408.230.5239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Ponce, PACT Leader Organizer, 408.505.2641 or email@example.com
Dolores Hernandez, PACT Leader Organizer, 408.623.3317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please visit the PACT website for more information, articles and inspirational videos: www.pactsj.org