March 3, 2014
PICO United Florida faith leaders will join the NAACP and others today at Florida's Capitol Building for a mass rally on Moral Monday, the day before the Florida Legislature begins its session.
January 27, 2014
More than 1 million Floridians convicted of felonies remain second-class citizens long after completing their sentences. They're unable to vote, serve on a jury or hold public office.
January 17, 2014
How soon should a convicted felon be able to get their civil rights restored after serving time?
It has been an ongoing question for years nationally and in Florida. In fact, some Bay area advocates say the wait is too long.
Faith leaders from across Florida and the nation will gathered at the office of Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday, January 17 to demand reform of civil rights restoration for Floridians with past felony convictions.
On Friday, a coalition to restore the rights of ex-cons is meeting at the state Attorney General's office in Tampa to call attention to the issue.
January 15, 2014
A few days before the Martin Luther King holiday, voting rights activists held a protest in front of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Tampa office.
November 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — As immigration reform was dying on Capitol Hill, a 6 a.m. knock on Jose Castillo's door delivered reality in the bluntest terms.
October 29, 2013
Florida's District 27 Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has become the second Republican co-sponsor of HR 15, the bipartisan immigration reform bill proponents hope will win over Speak John Boehner in the House.
October 14, 2013
Culminó el peregrinaje de once personas que caminaron más de 150 millas entre Winter Haven y Tampa para crear conciencia sobre la necesidad de una reforma migratoria.
Thousands of people packed into the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa for a prayer vigil and march in support of immigration reform.
Bishop Robert Lynch told hundreds of people gathered at a Monday rally for immigration reform that undocumented workers are the modern-day equivalents of early Christians, decent people fearful of emerging from the shadows.
Hundreds gathered in downtown Tampa on Monday night to urge Congress to pass legislation leading to a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States.
La peregrinación, iniciada el lunes pasado en Orlando por 11 inmigrantes mexicanos, recorrió 245 kilómetros y llegó a Tampa con cerca de 75 personas, debido a que en el camino se unieron otros más.
The 11 pilgrims on a march from Orlando to Tampa in support of immigration reform are expected to end their seven-day. 150-mile ordeal today around 6 p.m. with a candlelight prayer vigil at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 North Florida Ave., Tampa.
October 7, 2013
Un grupo de inmigrantes pone a prueba su espíritu de lucha emprendiendo un peregrinaje de 150 millas entre Winter Garden y Tampa, por una reforma migratoria con camino a la ciudadanía.
October 11, 2013
They walked along U.S. Highway 92 with wide brimmed hats and bandanas wrapped around their necks to keep them cool. Several dozen advocates for immigration reform had another few miles to go before calling it a day.
TAMPA — During his years at St. Clement Catholic Church in Plant City, Father Carlos Rojas witnessed undocumented families torn apart by deportations, working in poor conditions, and living in fear of police.
October 4, 2013
In a symbolic act, intended to send a message to the Florida legislature, North Miami Beach council members have passed a resolution that calls for the automatic restoration of voting rights for people who have served out their sentences for felonies.
In a symbolic act, destined to send a message to the Florida legislature, North Miami Beach passed a resolution that calls for the automatic voting rights restoration for returning citizens that have been incarcerated.
October 5, 2013
Asesorías jurídicas para residentes permanentes y "dreamers", vigilias y una peregrinación
September 26, 2013
OAKLAND PARK – Eight years ago, Desmond Meade was homeless, recovering from drug addiction, and had even considered suicide.
August 30, 2013
August 5, 2013
Bishop Ricardo McClin of PICO United Florida says he's heartened by Webster's statements.
August 14, 2013
El senador Marco Rubio emitió declaraciones sobre lo que podría pasar si la Cámara de Representantes no llega a un acuerdo a mediados de septiembre.
On Saturday, after news came out of where Webster stood on the issue, the Campaign for Citizenship trotted out Bishop Ricardo McClin from the Evangelical Church of God in Kissimmee to weigh in.
July 25, 2013
More activists, clergy members join sit-in at Capitol
Capitol sit-in grows as busloads of supporters arrive
July 26, 2013
Religious leaders from across Florida spent last night camped outside Governor Rick Scott's Tallahassee office, in support of student protesters who have been sleeping there for over a week.
Eight members of PICO Florida joined the Dream Defenders at the state capitol Thursday.
July 14, 2013
July 3, 2013
Pastor Kevin Thorpe to run for County Commission District 4
June 5, 2013
Group asks Scott to veto speedier-foreclosure bill
PICO United Florida Urges Governor Scott Veto Foreclosure Bill
May 4, 2013
Some community leaders say we've seen too many homicides, shootings and other violent crimes especially in recent weeks around Escambia County.
April 16, 2013
Ahead of the expected release Tuesday of a sweeping bipartisan proposal to revamp the nation’s immigration laws, faith-based and civil liberties groups began calling for changes...
April 8, 2013
Sen. Darren Soto, R-Orlando, flanked at a press conference Monday by housing advocates and representatives of PICO United Florida, an advocacy group for low-income families, denounced a bill...
April 6, 2013
As the annual April 15 income tax deadline approaches, millions of taxpayers are begrudgingly preparing their tax returns to send off to the IRS.
April 1, 2013
The sea of faces before me went from churning concern to glistening smiles as they heard the words, “You are aspiring citizens, new Americans, children of God and our neighbors whom we love and respect.” It was Easter for them, new life, resurrection.
March 20, 2013
Over the next week, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate will vote on competing budget resolutions with vastly different priorities and visions for our country’s future.
In an attempt to break a stalemate between the House and the Governor’s office, the Florida Senate is proposing an alternative to the Medicaid expansion.
Florida clergy turned to the Bible for support Wednesday in joining health care advocates and leading Democrats in decrying the House and Senate’s opposition to Medicaid expansion.
March 11, 2013
Dozens of people raised their voices to send a message to the Republican senator from Florida, Marco Rubio.
February 20, 2013
Students from Oak Ridge High School and local church leaders gather for a press conference to speak out against the automatic massive budget cuts that would accompany a Congressional sequester.
January 31, 2013
Across-the-board cuts to most categories of government spending, called sequestration, will be addressed in Congress on March 1 unless lawmakers do something about it in the next month.
October 29, 2012
June 14, 2013
Pensacola churches participate in National PICO Voter Engagement Drive
February 22, 2012
Hoping to speed up and streamline Florida’s lumbering foreclosure process, state lawmakers are considering legislation to make it easier to foreclose on abandoned properties and force lenders to move more quickly to complete foreclosures.
February 16, 2012
VIDEO: Dozens of Central Florida homeowners boarded a bus to Tallahassee overnight to fight a state bill they say would make it even easier for banks to foreclose on homes.
Darren Soto, D-Orlando, told a group of protesters from across the state that he believed their presence was the reason Naples Rep. Kathleen Passidomo's foreclosure bill did not reach a committee agenda Thursday.
The ink wasn't even dry on last week's $25 billion settlement between states and banks over mortgage abuses before critics were denouncing the deal as inadequate.
February 15, 2012
Homeowners would be forced to quickly mount a defense to prevent foreclosure on their property under proposals that Florida lawmakers are considering to speed up the legal process in Florida’s still-recovering real estate market.
February 5, 2012
February 1, 2012
Religious and community groups urged Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday to take a tougher stance on a proposed settlement with the nation's five largest mortgage lenders over deceptive foreclosure practices.
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