October 28, 2012
Earlier this week, several African-American and Latino faith leaders came together to kick off Souls to the Polls, urging churchgoers to take part in early voting.
The traditional day for early voting among black churches is the Sunday just before Election Day, but this year the Florida Legislature shortened the number of days for early voting, eliminating that Sunday.
October 27, 2012
"Souls to the Polls" has been a tradition in the black community since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed widespread discriminatory practices that disenfranchised minority voters.
October 26, 2012
MIAMI — Rallies and get-out-the-vote events are planned this weekend across Florida to mark Saturday's start of the early voting period.
October 11, 2012
All around Florida, pastors and community leaders are calling "souls to the polls" in order to counter act new elections rules that aim to suppress the minority vote.
October 10, 2012
Liz Buckley writes as a guest columnist for the Orlando Sentinel on the devastating effects that will result from Amendment 3 and urges "NO ON 3."
August 25, 2012
On Saturday August 25, 2010 clergy members take a stand against changes in Florida voting laws and rules which limit the rights of who were incarcerated and cannot have their voting rights restored. Faith leaders and congregations march with their hands bound and mouths covered to draw attention to the continuing state of bondage ex-felons find themselves in after serving their time in this state.
August 11, 2012
In an effort to shift the ground beneath our feet and Unlock the Power of People, FOCUS Orlando & PICO United Florida are organizing a statewide movement building experience by bringing in powerful clergy and community leaders from around the country.
July 23, 2012
Amendment 3 is a constitutional amendment that will force deeper cuts on top of the cuts that have already been made to schools and colleges, seniors programs, and public safety. A similar measure in Colorado forced severe cuts that harmed communities and families and led to higher property taxes. Amendment 3 will make things worse in Florida
July 16, 2012
Many of our Florida families are struggling. In the coming months, you'll see campaign ads and hear political promises that pledge to make life better.
Amendment 3 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
March 24, 2012
Trayvon Martin was our son…and he didn’t deserve to die. When he was shot dead a month ago his grieving parents sought answers and justice for Trayvon - and they got neither.
December 22, 2011
A new Florida coalition is pushing for answers to this foreclosure crisis.
December 20, 2011
A new coalition of faith groups and community organizations are calling for a full investigation into the mortgage crisis devastating Florida. Click for details for tomorrow's press conference.
November 08, 2011
Hector's story highlights why justice for immigrants is so important to the work of FOCUS.
Youth 4 Change students at Oak Ridge High School bring more fresh produce to the district.
October 31, 2011
Make your voice heard alongside leaders from around the country by being part of a prophetic leadership action in New Orleans. See flyer for details about registration, topics, and transportation.
September 26, 2011
Join in the discussion as keynote speaker, Wendell Potter talks about the current issues affecting our health care system.
September 17, 2011
If you want to be empowered, join us for our Power Building Through Faith “A Prophetic Leadership Summit” Saturday, September 17th.
August 12, 2011
The St. Margaret Mary / Open Door Missionary Baptist church and community organization push Florida to expand foreclosure aid to keep more families in their homes.
July 22, 2011
Oak Ridge High School students win commitments from school and city officials to improve school food nutrition and variety.
July 18, 2011
Soweth of Seed Outreach launches campaign to restore voting rights for ex-offenders.
June 17, 2011
read the article and find out more about FOCUS' work for a New Bottom Line!
June 06, 2011
PICO group in Massachusetts quoted in NY Times article
June 03, 2011
Come join us this Monday, June 6th, 6:30PM at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park!
May 05, 2011
Last night, over 150 people of faith, clergy, and community members gathered at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park to support our immigrant brothers and sisters.
October 09, 2010
FOCUS announces a new partnership with Public Allies Central Florida. Click here to learn more!
September 18, 2010
Join FOCUS Saturday, September 18, 2010 for an informative presentation on THE NEW HEALTH LAW: What's In It For You?
Click here for more information.
July 15, 2010
Are you afraid to apply for TPS? Don't be. Click here to get the facts.
June 24, 2010
10 volunteers from St. John Vianney and St. Andrew Catholic Church (including 8 youth leaders) sacrificed a whole day to give a Pine Hills neighbor a helping hand.
June 06, 2010
FOCUS and Good Shepherd Church host prayer service on Sunday, June 6th at 3:30 p.m to pray together for justice for our immigrant communities.
April 27, 2010
Joins us Thursday, May 13th for our FOCUS Power Lunch. All are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Click here to RSVP.
April 13, 2010
On January 1, 2010, Liz Buckley became FOCUS' new Executive Director. Liz has been with FOCUS since 2003 and has served in many capacities for the organization including Development Director, Community Organizer, and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director.
March 15, 2010
Peter Phillips launches new PICO Florida project to build statewide network and address community concerns at the state level. (click here for more information)
October 26, 2009
FOCUS receives funding for Parent Watch Program to address crime and safety issues within the community.
Leaders and state legislators make plans to talk about the benefits of long term funding for public education.
October 15, 2009
Folks all across Orange County came to see the faces behind those directly affected by the health insurance crisis. The "Bearing Witness" traveling exhibit heads to its final stop in Washington, DC October 20, 2009.
September 21, 2009
Families in South Orange County and their guests, Bishop Wenski and Sheriff Demings voiced their concerns on Immigration and Law Enforcement at a community meeting Monday, September 21, 2009.
August 30, 2009
Follow link to watch Dorothy Buckley (Mt. Zion) and Fr. Terry (Good Shepherd) on CNN!!!
August 11, 2009
FOCUS and the Orlando Catholic Diocese announce Interfaith Prayer and Action on Aug. 20th as part of 40 Days for Health Reform-->
June 09, 2009
"The best part is that the students know which adults are safe to talk to" said Area Superintendent Jennifer Reeves.
July 08, 2007
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Rev.Charlie Banks and youth from Open Door Missionary Baptist Church wear hoodies in support of Trayvon Martin.
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