Advocacy for Social Justice
COPA (Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action) was founded in 2003 with the specific purpose of building community power to address issues of housing, public safety, education, immigration, health care and economic opportunity. COPA is a coalition of about 25 religious congregations and non-profit institutions in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. St. John’s was a founding member of COPA and remains active in COPA’s work to reweave the social fabric of our communities and neighborhoods.
In Santa Cruz County COPA has gained recognition and has worked to reshape the public debate on affordable housing. In addition, COPA advocates for ESL and other classes offered by Cabrillo College, with a particular focus in Live Oak. Training provided by COPA leaders has helped develop effective and responsive leadership within our parish, and particularly in conjunction with St. John’s move to the new campus in Seacliff.
How to Help: COPA presents a great opportunity for us to act on our values, to participate in social justice, and to bring about change. There are ongoing opportunities for involvement with COPA. For more information, contact Mother Tracy.
Episcopal Public Policy Network
Being an advocate does not always involve drastic measures. Every day we have the chance to stand up and speak when we see the need. Advocates have the opportunity to speak to their elected representatives, friends, family, and congregations about important issues. Find out how you can be involved with advocacy and the Episcopal Church here. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/eppn .
Episcopal Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief and Development facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. For more information about ERD’s important role in the world, check their website at: www.er-d.org and our Global Outreach page.