Faith Leaders Call on Public Officials to Help East County

Faith and community leaders from ten congregations to present vision and proposals to address foreclosure prevention, health care access, immigrant integration, quality education, and jobs.

On Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm, hundreds of East County residents will be gathering at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch to call on public and elected officials to stand with them and work together to address the pressing issues most affecting East County.

Clergy and community leaders will be presenting their vision and agenda to bring equity and justice around a critical set of issues that impact the future of the region. This action is the result of relational meetings with many of the families in over ten congregations and dozens of research meetings to develop these proposals for change.

CCISCO leaders will be sharing their research and proposals around the following key issues:

* Keeping families in their homes and holding banks accountable for blighted properties;

* Expanding pathways to jobs for local residents and developing local hiring policies;

* Strengthening linked learning pathways at public schools;

* Trust, relationship, and cooperation building between recent immigrants & long term residents;

* Expanding access to health care for all residents in the region.

Afterwards, public and elected officials will be asked to respond to the proposals and commit to working together to address these vital issues.

Confirmed Guests: Office of Rep. John Garamendi; Senator Mark Desaulnier; Office of Assembly Woman Susan Bonilla; Office of Assembly Woman Joan Buchanan; Supervisor Federal Glover; AUSD Superintendent Donald Gill; AUSD Board Members Walter Ruehlig and Gary Hack; LUHSD Superintendent Eric Volta; LUHSD Board Members Ray Valverde and Holly Hartman; Oakley City Mayor Jim Frazier; La Clinica de La Raza Regional Director Viola Lujan; BART Board Director Joel Keller.

Participating Institutions: St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, St. Anthony Catholic Church, Antioch Christian Center, Community Presbyterian Church, Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. John Lutheran Church, Antioch Church Family, Islamic Center of the East Bay, and International Christian Ministry.

202 G St., Suite 1 – Mailing: P. O. Box 883
Antioch, CA 94509
P: (925) 779-9302
F: (925) 779-9303

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