California federations win funding for schools and health care
PICO California’s leaders waited until early in the morning to claim victory on Proposition 30, a revenue measure to fund education and community services.
PICO volunteers knocked on more than 68,000 doors across the state and spoke face-to-face or on the phone with 145,000 voters through the course of the campaign. They focused on young adults, immigrants and communities of color – voters that are often discounted by traditional political campaigns.
Organizers described the effort as the largest faith-based civic engagement push in the state’s history. Along with partners in Reclaim California’s Future Coalition, volunteers, many of whom were students, reached hundreds of thousands of voters, including an unprecedented mobilization of infrequent voters in the Bay Area and new Latino voters in the Central Valley and southern California.
“This was a victory of people over money,” said Jazmin Garcia, a senior at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino and a volunteer with Inland Congregations United for Change. “We won because so many people care and want their voice to be heard.”
Garcia said she joined ICUC’s civic engagement effort because passage of Prop 30 will keep her dream of college alive and because she believes in changing the face of who votes in San Bernardino and California. “You can see the hope in our eyes, in our enthusiasm. We have faith in our people and we want change,” she said.