The diocese regularly partners with COPA (Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action). COPA is a regional non-profit organization consisting of dues-paying member institutions across Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties – including congregations, schools, non-profits, and unions. COPA develops leaders capable of working together to address the issues affecting families in local communities. It has achieved success on issues such as affordable housing, healthcare access, safety, immigration, education and economic development.
COPA is part of Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a network of broad-based organizations building power to revitalize our democracy for constructive social and economic change. Member institutions include religious congregations, schools, civic associations, labor and professional organizations, and non-profits. Each organization is politically non-partisan and seeks to:
- Build relationships of trust among people and institutions across the racial, denominational, economic and geographic boundaries that divide cities;
- Strengthen congregations and community institutions by developing the skills and capacity of their leaders;
- Create a vehicle for ordinary families to have a powerful voice in the decisions that affect their lives and communities;
Take action on concrete, winnable issues that transform our communities.