Merced Organizing Project, other faith-based groups set state budget meetings for May 21

The Merced Organizing Project, PICO California, People and Congregations Together of San Joaquin County, Congregations Building Communities (Modesto), Faith in Community (Fresno) and Faith in Action (Kern County) said they’re arranging meetings in several Valley cities to talk about the local impact of state budget cuts.

The activist groups said in a news release that they expect to meet an estimated 500 residents May 21 in Merced, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno and Bakersfield. The groups’ leaders will conduct community and house meetings and one-on-one conversations about the fiscal crisis, according to the news release.

In Merced the meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Assemblies of God Church, 1147 W Drive, and the contact is Tsia Xiong at (209) 261-2358.The news release said the 75 cents of every dollar spent in the state’s general fund is for local assistance. With California facing another multibillion-dollar deficit and with deep cuts already made and more being proposed, local programs and services are at risk of deep cuts and elimination, the groups said in a news release.

PICO National Network’s California’s Campaign for California is a statewide effort to educate Californians about the state budget and to call on elected officials to pass a budget that supports programs and services that keep communities safe, strong and healthy. The campaign will include a month of activities, including faith events on June 1 in Modesto, June 4 in Orange County and a statewide event at the State Capitol June 14. For more information, please see www.piconetwork.org.