Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes that directly affect people’s lives and situations. This includes helping shape or change decisions in public policy that directly affect our political, economic and social systems. Many times these policies and decisions are intertwined with our Catholic faith, giving us the opportunity to be witnesses in carrying out the Church’s mission through our promotion of what is just.
In addressing the plight of those around us, we are truly living out Christ’s message to love and serve all those in need. Our faith calls us to be advocates for justice in our own communities, as well as for those across the world.
Why Community Organizing?
The Office of Public Policy & Social Concerns began focusing on the value of community organizing as a tool to develop leadership and deeper relationships around issues that clearly affect the dignity and respect of our communities. Community Organizing utilizes the tools given to us by our faith, our experiences, and begins to construct a vision that seeks to bring out the full potential of our parishes, families and societies.
Beginning in the summer of 2004, nearly all parishes have been working toward the availability of affordable housing by building better relationships with their legislative representatives and encouraging others to vote with our faith's values in mind.
We look forward to continuing our mission and utilizing the leadership our parishioners possess to develop a society and public policy that speaks to the reality of our communities.
The Office of Public Policy & Social Concerns offers Advocacy Training for anyone or any group interested at any of our Archdiocesan parishes. Our goal is to learn what issues you or others in your parish community are facing, and work together in addressing them. Issues could by anything from poor street lighting in our neighborhoods to job loss or lack of health care for our families. If you are interested in learning more about Advocacy and how you can work with others to address the root causes of social injustices in your community, contact us at (415) 614-5570.
Learn About Community Organizing
PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities. 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.
PICO helps engage ordinary people in public life, building a strong legacy of leadership in thousands of local communities across America.
Group Affiliated with PICO in the San Francisco Archdiocese:
Faith in Action Bay Area is a network of faith communities committed to ensuring that the dignity of all members of our community is upheld. Through leadership development, civic engagement, and lifting up of our faith values we strive to make sure that every person receives the respect, justice, and opportunity they deserve.