Community leaders join Washington Middle School to celebrate their Classified Appreciation Awards Ceremony.
On Saturday March 18th, 2017 OCCCO board member Linda Lehnkering had the privilege to share the experience of the annual Great American Write in. Linda was able to network with OC's community and meet with a wide range of participants. We continue to learn from our friends, neighbors, allies and partners we look forward to the next event @Women for OC!
On March 15th Vicent Sarmiento shared with our Community...
Celebrando con lideres de OCCCO (Orange County Congregation Community Organization) representando el vecindario Delhi y la parroquia de La Virgen de Guadalupe.
Joined by OCCCO neighborhood leaders from Delhi and Our Virgen de Guadalupe Parish.#santaana
Telemundo Sacramento reporto: "Marzo 15, 2017 se realizó una marcha hasta el capitolio a favor de las ciudades santuarios y de los inmigrantes indocumentados en donde cientos de personas participaron."
Telemundo Sacramento reported: "March 15, 2017 a march was made to the California Capitol in favor of sanctuary cities and undocumented immigrants where hundreds of people participated."
"Dios está con la comunidad, porque la comunidad es la cara de Dios".
La paz De Dios este con tigo.
La reunion de hoy Con Concejal Jose Moreno de Anahiam fue una Junta de de Investigación, en donde los Líderes planean con anterioridad y moderan la reunion apoyados por el coordinador, y se usa uno de los principios de OCCCO
" ENTRA INTELIGENTE Y SAL SABIO"
El propósito de esta reunion fue: Conocer cual fue el proceso y la lucha que le tomo en la Ciudad de Anaheim para que pudiera ser una Ciudad con Votaciones por distrito, y de la misma forma fue para empoderar líderes y fortalecer la relación de la Organización, la comunidad con el concejal Jose Moreno.
"God is with the Community, because the community is the face of God."
God's peace be with you.
Today's meeting With Councilor Jose Moreno of Anahiam was a Research Collaborative where Leaders planned ahead and moderated the meeting supported by the coordinators. Today's OCCCO principle used was "ENTER INTELLIGENT AND LEAVE WISE."
The purpose of this meeting was: To know the process and the struggles in the City of Anaheim that made it be a City with "Voting by districts" as an option. At the same time this meeting served to empower leaders and strengthen the relationship of the Organization and The community with Councilman Jose Moreno.
La comunidad de Santa Ana, al igual que muchas otras de nuestras comunidades de todo el condado, ha estado dispuesta y lista para participar, ayudar y apoyar a su comunidad con maneras innovadoras y técnicas de base accesibles. Recientemente, The Olin Group con St Joseph's Health Group abrió la oportunidad para las discusiones dentro de la comunidad involucrando la seguridad de nuestros seres queridos.
California Catholic Conference at California State Capitol.
Yesterday at 3:36pm · Sacramento, CA · Bishop Jaime Soto, Diocese of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, and Bishop Stephen Blaire, Diocese of Stockton, address a PICO California rally in support of Immigrant Rights. #SB54
Originally posted on Ed Source
September 11, 2014 | By Miguel Hernandez
As school staff and families head back to school this fall, districts and communities are ramping up for the second year of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Like many parents around the state, I’m starting the new school year with both excitement about the potential of this historic reform and with hope that we learn from last year’s implementation and take the needed steps to ensure that the LCFF lives up to its promise of equity and shared decision making in our schools.
Last year provided a glimpse of what is possible when we engage parents, students and community members in new and powerful ways and dedicate resources to increasing opportunity and improving outcomes for students who’ve historically been underserved by our public education system. In my district of Santa Ana, where my two daughters attend school, an estimated 3,000 parents participated in one or more of the LCFF/LCAP listening sessions and 1,700 students weighed in on district priorities, according to the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). These numbers, which reflect the interest and excitement that PICO California saw in school districts across the state, speak to the keen desire of parents and students to contribute to the planning for their schools and districts.
In Santa Ana, the Orange County Congregation Community Organization (a PICO California affiliate) and its partners in the Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities collaborative embraced the opportunity of the LCFF. We conducted trainings for parents and students and held meetings with district staff, school board members and the superintendent to learn more about the process. Understanding the connection between school climate and culture and students’ social-emotional health and ability to learn, we advocated for more resources to create safer and more welcoming schools by advancing restorative justice practices and implementing parent- and student-led school climate oversight committees – two elements of the district’s approved LCAP.
These are important steps forward for Santa Ana and its students, particularly low-income students of color, who have felt the disproportionate impact of unjust and unequally administered discipline policies. But the changes would not have happened through listening sessions alone. The challenge in Santa Ana and in districts around the state is to move to partnership and capacity building. Imagine what would be possible if even a small fraction of the 3,000 parents or 1,700 students who attended a listening session or answered a survey last year had the opportunity to participate in a training where they learned how to analyze achievement data or wrestle with the intricacies of local funding dynamics. Imagine the possibilities if members of School Site Councils and English Learner Advisory Committees debated priorities and practices and, ultimately, created a shared vision that was then integrated into a district plan.
Parents and students are ready to step into this space. Parents like Guadalupe Valdez, a leader with Orange County Congregations Community Organization, who attended the district-level input sessions in Santa Ana and then, with her principal, organized a deeper conversation in her school community. That’s the potential of the LCFF – developing parent and student leaders, engaging in deeper conversations and creating a shared vision for schools. But that’s not the reality – yet. Most parents and students didn’t have Guadalupe’s experience. Even with strong outreach, they were invited to attend one-time listening sessions, without the follow-up of an ongoing collaborative process that built capacity and allowed for real ownership and accountability.
The State Board of Education is reviewing revised regulations and a reworked LCAP template that go a long way toward creating the foundation for equity and shared decision making in every district. Although the board can’t legislate a change in culture, it can and should create clear baseline standards. We’ve seen many critical improvements to the regulations, including much-improved language around the need to engage students in the LCFF/LCAP process and the requirement that districts demonstrate that supplemental and concentration funds are principally directed toward strategies that are effective at meeting district and statewide goals for low-income students, English learners, or foster youth. These changes are critical and should be approved.
We believe the State Board of Education is within its purview to go further – to provide more clarity on the role of parents and site councils and to take additional steps to improve transparency. We look forward to working with partners and the State Board on refinements to the regulations and on the LCAP evaluation rubrics and will continue to explore ways in which we can learn and improve as we move forward with this historic reform.
Of course, state regulations are necessary, but they’re not sufficient to result in a sea change in our schools and districts. For that, we need thousands of students and parents like Guadalupe to continue to step in – to learn, to lead, to advocate. And we need principals, superintendents and school board members to embrace the opportunity to truly partner to create a vision for our schools and students rooted in equity and shared decision making.
Miguel Hernandez is a parent, former teacher and the executive director of Orange County Congregation Community Organization, an affiliate of PICO California.
The OCCCO Clergy Caucus is a new initiative that hopes to:
1. Foster community through connecting clergy in dialogue about justice issues in Orange County.
2. Share and grow OCCCO’s structure and method for social change.
3. Collaboratively develop steps for clergy to address racial and economic justice in Orange County.
Tuesday August 26th 2014, Miguel Hernandez, OCCCO Executive Director led our amazing clergy participants through an analysis of how race and power are dealt with in Orange County. The meeting opened with a prayer from Reverend Karen Stoyanoff of the United Universalist Church in Anaheim and we all gathered for a wonderful lunch.
After lunch, OCCCO's Communications and Development Manager, Monica Curca, led the group in a faith reflection on the topic "Dialog for Shifting Dominant Narrative: Naming the Reality and Future We Want To See" The reflection asked, What does it mean to construct a new narrative of Orange County. How can we work together to begin to create and name things. Together the group looked at how naming has been used in the Biblical scriptures to invoke authority, dominion, power or even to shame and disown. Yet when naming is done collectively for the betterment of the community it can be powerful This process of collectively naming our just future is possible through dialog based on human dignity and respect. A selection from Paulo Friere's book "Pedagogy of the Oppressed was highlighted to close the reflection: "Men and women who lack humility (or have lost it) cannot come to the people, cannot be their partners in naming the world"
The meeting continued with a new process that we are introducing to our organizing and social change work called: Community Transformation Circles, as pictured above, each individual in the circle is given a chance to speak freely on a certain question. It is a safe space of listening and contemplation as opposed to debate and challenge. The question posed by Miguel was "What are the strengths and barriers of interfaith clergy coming together?" Answers ranged from practical to existential, all important and all part of the process of dialog and working across faith, race and language lines.
Finally we finished with a short presentation from Miguel on Racial and Economic Justice in Orange County. You can find it here or below.
We are so grateful for the representation from eight congregations of various faith traditions and hope to add to our numbers. The next meeting will be held at the OCCCO office on Tuesday September 23rd 2014 at 12 pm. In meantime we will be attending the OCIA Prayer Breakfast with Pastor Mark Whitlock on September 15th 2014 in Lake Forest, CA for a chance to engage with police chiefs from Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine and Sheriff Hutchinson of Orange County. Please see the flyer to the right.
For more information about our OCCCO clergy caucus (to attend, support or sponsor) please reach out to Monica Curca at email@example.com or (714) 833-9739