Our Work

PICC functions as a public voice and vehicle for collective action to advocate for immigrants and refugees across Pennsylvania. Issue advocacy and organizing form the core of PICC's work and are supported by our civic engagement and capacity building work. PICC also provides access to information and resources that PICC receives through participation in national networks and coalitions.

Advocacy & Organizing

On March 23, 2015 PICC members chose four issues as the core advocacy priorities for 2015/16:

  • Federal Immigration Reform: PICC is committed to advocating for just and humane immigration reform that keeps families together, promotes family unification, prevents exploitation of immigrant workers and provides a clear pathway to citizenship.
    • PICC supports administrative efforts to provide temporary protections from deportation such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA)
  • Education Justice:
    • Tuition Equity: PICC supports tuition equity policies that provide undocumented students with increased opportunity to pursue higher education.
    • Fair Funding for Schools: PICC is a member of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, calling for a student-driven, long-term, predictable education funding system that equitably distributes enough state funding to ensure students in every public school meet academic standards and are prepared for success as adults.
  • Driver's Licenses for All: PICC is supporting the campaign of community groups advocating for access to uniform or unmarked licenses for all drivers in Pennsylvania regardless of immigration status.
  • Workforce/Employment: PICC supports efforts to assure just and safe working conditions for all immigrants and refugees.
    • Minimum Wage Campaign: PICC is a member of the Raise the Wage PA campaign, calling for a raise of the PA minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

PICC is also committed to supporting other issues important to immigrant and refugee communities: 

 

Civic Engagement & Promoting Citizenship 

  • Voter registration of new citizens: PICC has registered over 25,000 new citizens to vote since 2003
  • Voter education and mobilization: educational forums and phone banks to educate and empower new citizens about their voting rights
  • Creation of community education materials such as the PA Voting Guide for New Citizens in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of State and USCIS
  • Community workshops on citizenship eligibility, the application process, risks and benefits of applying for citizenship and available resources
  • Citizenship Days, providing free (pro-bono) legal assistance to those eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, with a special focus on underserved areas of the state and low income communities

 

Capacity Building & Leadership Development

  • Interactive, capacity building trainings and resource manuals on topics such as: immigrant access to health care and public benefits, citizenship, public safety and victims assistance
  • Community based leadership development and skills training
  • Coalition meetings where advocates network and expand their knowledge base
  • Resource manuals on eligibility and application for many services and public benefits