COPA Recognized for Defending Children's Healthcare
United Way of Santa Cruz County recognized the organization's efforts (and its collaboration with Community Foundation and 1st 5 nonprofits) with an "Advocacy Award" for COPA leadership (pictured above).
COPA Leverages Healthcare Win for Uninsured & Undocumented
At COPA's urging, the Board approved the creation of a strategic plan and simplified "access point document" to better spread the word about healthcare access to the uninsured; both are to be produced within 90 days.Read more
COPA Celebrates Low Income Healthcare Victory
Monterey County Board of Supervisors Approve...Pilot Program, SEIU-ULTCW
COPA Leaders to Sign Up 30,000 Voters in Monterey County
"Peter Stemp, ministry outreach coordinator at the Diocese of Monterey, is helping collect signatures for COPA's Stand Up and Take Charge Campaign, launched March 12. They're 200 signatures toward an October goal of 30,000, in support of a broad agenda: the rights to affordable housing, healthcare, safety, economic opportunity and education for citizens and immigrants alike."
Coalition of Faith and Community Groups Seeks 30,000 Signatures for Political Agenda, Monterey County Weekly
COPA Launches Voter Signup Campaign in Central California
"Tony Cardoso didn't think there was much point to voting. After all, what could his one vote do? Then he learned about an organization of 24 religious, education and nonprofit groups working together to solve economic and social justice issues....Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, or COPA, launched a campaign Monday to push for affordable housing, health care access, public safety, economic and educational opportunity, and immigration reform."
Campaign Seeks to Enlist Voters in Support of Social Change: COPA Sets Agenda for Host of Issues Including Housing, Immigration, Santa Cruz SentinelRead more
400 COPA Leaders Commit to ‘Stand Up Take Charge’ Campaign
In mid-November, more than 400 COPA leaders (from 24 institutions across Monterey and Salinas counties) launched their first-ever "Stand Up and Take Charge" campaign with a goal of organizing 20,000 voters in support of a common agenda of issues including health care, education, affordable housing, economic opportunity, immigration and safety. Leaders see this as a way to engage in public life and cut through the state of divisive, hyper-partisan politics in California. Leaders ratified a year-long plan that includes a regional agenda of issues, a core team of 60 captains, 400 leaders responsible for signing up 50 voters each and accountability sessions with county supervisorial candidate in May and US Congressman Sam Farr in October.
COPA Asks Santa Cruz County Board to Preserve Wages for Home Workers
Chaplain Dan Olivieri and lay leader Mary Littel Walsh presented the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors a petition signed by over 400 parishioners from Resurrection Catholic Church in Aptos. They sent a clear message â€” don't cut home care wages!Read more
COPA & Monterey Catholic Diocese Honors Leaders for Gang Prevention Work
"Diocese of Monterey, COPA to Honor Gang Prevention Work." Salinas CalifornianRead more
COPA Leaders Target Banks in Fight Against Foreclosures
Protesters in Watsonville Target Wells Fargo for Foreclosures, Santa Cruz Sentinel