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Collective Advocacy & Organizing
Through coalitions and taskforces, PICC leads and supports campaigns to advance immigrant rights at the local, state and federal levels, and monitors and supports the implementation of public policies.
PICC's 2015/16 Advocacy and Organizing Priorities:
On March 23, 2015 PICC members chose four issues as the core advocacy priorities for 2015/16.
- Federal Immigration Reform
- Education Justice:
- Tuition Equity
- Fair Funding for Schools
- Driver's Licenses for All
- Minimum Wage Campaign
PICC is also committed to supporting other issues important to immigrant and refugee communities:
- Improving access to health care for immigrant communities
- Increasing language access to public services for limited English speakers
- Ending collaboration between local law enforcement and immigration enforcement
Recommendations for Legislative Officials:
We encourage our legislators and policy makers to promote a more welcoming Pennsylvania through integration efforts and the removal of barriers that prevent full participation.
Support legislative efforts that integrate immigrants and that build our state and economy: Examples of such reform include strengthening labor protections for all workers, increasing funding for adult English language classes, and ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have access to affordable health coverage. To ensure that PA remains a vibrant and strong state, it must welcome immigrants. We urge our legislators to support measures that advance immigrant integration and promote the shared prosperity of all Pennsylvanians.
Oppose measures that isolate or scapegoat immigrants: Sending the message that Pennsylvania is unwelcoming to immigrants will weaken our state economically, socially, and culturally. We urge our legislators to reject any legislation targeting immigrants for new restrictions.
Work with immigrant communities in crafting policies that may impact immigrants: We encourage our legislators to utilize immigrant-led and immigrant-serving organizations like PICC and its member organizations as resources in the crafting of legislation that may impact immigrant communities. Together, we can work for a stronger, more inclusive Pennsylvania.
Encourage Congress to enact fair, comprehensive immigration reform now: Everyone agrees that reforms to our immigration laws are desperately needed. State and local officials can bring pressure to bear on Congress to make necessary reforms.