PICO Statewide Organization Becomes Faith in Florida
August 29, 2014
ORLANDO – The PICO statewide organization in Florida has officially changed its name today to Faith in Florida.
Faith in Florida represents the consolidation of two powerful PICO organizations in the state—PICO United Florida, which was founded in 2011 to build a prophetic faith movement for statewide policy change, and Federation of Congregations United to Serve (FOCUS), its strongest anchor affiliate in Central Florida, which was founded in 1992. In April 2014, PICO leaders from across the state decided to maximize the organization’s power and unite into one organization, while continuing to build power at the local level in Central, South, and North Florida.
“The mission of Faith in Florida is to continue to build a powerful multicultural nonpartisan network of congregation community organizations in Florida that will address systemic racial and economic issues that cause poverty for our families,” said Jerry Peña, Executive Director of Faith in Florida. “With multiple different religious denominations and faith traditions represented, Faith in Florida seeks to provide a prophetic, interfaith voice on civil rights restoration, immigration reform, and healthcare expansion.”
To mark the beginning of the new organization, Faith in Florida, in conjunction with faith leaders from multiple denominations, will host a Faith Forum in Orlando on Saturday, September 13, 2014. “We believe the time is right for people of faith to directly address our elected officials and candidates for state-wide offices on multiple community issues, including rights restoration for disenfranchised Floridians, immigration reform, and health care,” said Faith Seabrooks, Board Chair of Faith in Florida. The candidates for Governor and other state-wide offices have been invited to attend.
Faith in Florida will also launch its “Let My People Vote” campaign, led by clergy leaders from multi-racial communities to engage new or low propensity voters whose voices have been ignored and who have been systematically locked out of the voting process. The campaign will re-define what it means to be a faith voter in America by putting the focus on issues that are important to underrepresented communities such as restoration of civil rights, immigration reform, health care and economic inequality.
As people of faith, Faith in Florida leaders believe their call is to unite their communities to speak with one voice, and constructively engage decision makers and institutions to address long standing issues that put social pressure on families. Faith in Florida is part of the PICO National Network, with more than 1,000 member institutions representing one million families in 150 cities and 17 states.
To learn more about Faith in Florida, we invite you to visit our brand new website: www.faithinflorida.org, like us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter: and Instagram:
Representatives of Faith in Florida are available for interviews.
Please contact Carlos Vogel, Faith in Florida, , 727-483-8854 to schedule an interview.