2012 ‘Stand Up and Take Charge’ Campaign

COPA engaged more than 300 leaders across Santa Cruz and Monterey counties to collect 10,000 registered voter signatures in support of a regional, non-partisan agenda of issues including innovative local strategies around economic development, community safety, immigration, education and health care. At the Stand Up and Take Charge Regional Assembly on October 7th, COPA confirmed agreements made with newly elected County Supervisors and candidates for supervisor to collaborate with COPA to enact its agenda. Congressman Sam Farr acknowledged COPA’s work as important to democracy because “organized people are the antidote to organized money.” Instead of falling victim to the current state of divisive, hyper-partisan politics and withdrawing from civic life, COPA reclaimed its capacity to engage in public life. (read more)

COPA strategizes with Northern CA IAF leaders to build statewide power

On Oct. 23, 2011, fifty COPA leaders joined over 300 leaders from our sister IAF organizations of Northern CA at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco for an economic conference, “Reclaiming Our Citizenship: Taking Responsibility for the Common Good.” Leaders shared success stories and strategies and engaged the thinking of USC Professor Dowell Myers, author of Immigrants and BoomersJoe Mathews, co-author of California Crack-Up: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It; Dr. Steven Levy, of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, and Ernesto Cortes, Jr., national co-director of the Industrial Areas Foundation.

Bishop’s Covenant for Peace

On March 23, 2010 Bishop Garcia, in partnership with COPA publicly launched the Bishop’s Covenant for Peace and Gang Violence Prevention at St. Mary’s of the Nativity Catholic Church at the conclusion of a 5000-person Procession for Peace.

The Bishop’s Covenant calls on all parishes to implement strategies to:

  1. Connect children and parents with each other and the Catholic Church.
  2. Promote trust between our communities and those responsible for public safety. (Police, Sheriff)
  3. Create new healthy activities and environments where young people can relate in healthy ways.
  4. Bring the power of prayer to our work.

This initiative has expanded to the Central Coast Committee for Building Peace to include institutions of all denominations. The Committee held a Gang Prevention Symposium on Nov. 29th to learn about the power and organizational structure of gangs in order to understand how to organize effectively to prevent our youth from joining gangs. Download handout on Gang Risk Factors.

This initiative lead to the Procession for Building Peace that took place October 20, 2012 (read more) and Peace, Power and Youth: A Community Conversation that took place on March 23, 2013 (read more)

Salinas Regional Soccer Complex

Proposed Regional Soccer Complex includes indoor arena, 2 lighted turf fields, 8 grass fields, after school programs and community services.

The Salinas Regional Soccer Complex is a long-term project to develop high quality soccer fields and programs in central Salinas that will provide a healthy and safe environment for youth to play soccer, develop life skills and attractive alternative to gangs. The project will address the shortage of fields and parks in the greater Salinas region. The plan is to construct 8 natural grass fields, 2 lighted turf fields an indoor soccer arena for tournaments, educational classrooms, concessions and parking.

COPA leaders have collected over 15,000 signatures to demonstrate broad-based support for the soccer complex. They are currently working with city and county officials to secure funding to construct the complex. 



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