February 02, 2016
January 19, 2016
Holtec International is holding a recruitment event at Camden County One Stop.
January 18, 2016
"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love." -Martin Luther King Jr
January 13, 2016
January 04, 2016
December 21, 2015
December 14, 2015
Check out the CCOP Organizing Academy graduating class of 2015!
November 30, 2015
November 23, 2015
November 16, 2015
See an update on the "Driving Without Fear Rally" in Trenton and find out what's next!
November 09, 2015
See photos from our day at the State House and get your sneakers, ID and friends ready for another trip to Trenton this Monday!
November 06, 2015
November 02, 2015
October 26, 2015
October 19, 2015
The date for our rally in Trenton has changed. Make sure you have the latest details!
October 15, 2015
For almost 30 years, Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) has been organizing with congregations to create innovative solutions to problems facing Camden. Interfaith, nonpartisan and multicultural, CCOP provides an opportunity for people to translate their faith into action. On October 15th we celebrated at our annual fundraising dinner.
October 12, 2015
Make sure to download the fliers to invite you community to upcoming events!
October 03, 2015
October 01, 2015
Public officials are key partners in creating change for Camden residents. Find out who we will recognize this year!
September 28, 2015
September 21, 2015
Check out the coverage from the Economy of Inclusion Rally and don't forget to buy your tickets to CCOP's 2015 Fundraiser!
September 11, 2015
View a chart of approved projects coming to Camden through the Economic Opportunity Act.
September 08, 2015
Summer is over and we've got a fun fall line up for you!
September 02, 2015
The September 20th event will be held at Ferry Avenue United Methodist Church. Join us to show you want to be a part of creating an Economy of Inclusion!
September 01, 2015
Don't miss out on two big events this fall!
August 24, 2015
Stay informed about upcoming events and opportunities!
June 15, 2015
Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) elected a new slate of officers of the group’s Board of Directors at a recent meeting of the board.
February 17, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security will delay Wednesday's scheduled start of the first of President Obama's executive orders shielding millions of immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, a move that left some New Jersey immigrants with mixed feelings about the future of the programs.
December 15, 2014
Residents organize providers and health partners for improved medical transportation - saving lives and improving access.
June 12, 2014
As the EDA deal was being hatched, a group called Camden Churches Organized for People hosted an event called “Jobs Not Jails: A Contract for Camden.” That contract begins: “We, the community of stakeholders of Camden Churches Organized for People, believe in the dignity of the individual and the value that all individuals of every economic and educational level should have the opportunity to obtain gainful employment. Further, when individuals are empowered financially families are successful and vibrant communities are created.”
May 15, 2014
A faith-based Camden organization is now working to give ex-cons a warm welcome once they get out of jail.
Camden Churches for Organized People (CCOP) wants to keep those who are free from jail on the right path. So, for them they’re opening what they call “Welcome Centers” once a month at different locations in the city, the first one here at Joe’s Place with Sacred Heart Catholic Church. One of CCOP’s community leaders is Carlos Merced, 34.
April 23, 2014
"Without a car, we cannot work," said Lopez, 30, of Camden. "And without work, we cannot have the money for our families."
Lopez was among more than 200 people who gathered Monday night at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral to advocate for a proposed bill that would expand driving rights to many undocumented immigrants who cannot obtain a driver's license. The meeting was organized by Camden Churches Organized for People, a faith-based community group.
March 07, 2014
The Rev. Marilyn Dixon Hill knows what it’s like to live without health insurance.
So for the past several months, the associate pastor of Camden Bible Tabernacle Church has rallied to get the city’s uninsured residents to apply for health coverage now available through the Affordable Care Act.
Her story serves as a warning of the dangers of being uninsured.
Edgar Trinidad Mendez no longer lives in fear. But that was not always the case for the Mexican undocumented immigrant, who came to the United States when he was 6.
Mendez, 24, of Deptford, was a high school sophomore when he learned how his life and aspirations would take a different course because he was undocumented.
January 26, 2014
SAVE THE DATES TUES, JAN 28 and WED, JAN 29
Camden Churches Unite for Worship and Fellowship
Come join in each night’s unique celebration of God and community!
January 09, 2014
CCOP Clergy and leaders in conjunction with the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission gathered Camden youth to speak out through poetry about how violence and mass incarceration are affecting their daily lives, and the lives of their family, friends and community.
November 14, 2013
Community members and clergy from at least nine congregations joined in solidarity as an expression of love and healing on the streets and corners of North Camden. An action very much needed in the wake of the 46th homicide experienced in Camden in 2013. Throughout the morning, homeowners, neighbors, and patrons of Litwins corner store were greeted by area clergy and police officers.
October 08, 2013
Clergy with Camden Churches Organized for People put together a press conference as a part of the Lifelines to Healing campaign. Clergy were joined by the parents of Jewel Manire and spread a message of peace in order to create an environment where the people of Camden can feel alive and free.
August 26, 2013
Camden Churches Organized for People demand Down-Payment on the Dream
CAMDEN, NJ – More than 100 community members gathered last night at Holy Name Church in North Camden for a community action event hosted by Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) as part of national commemorations leading up to the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Attendees included County Prosecutor Faulk, Sgt. Elizer Agron, and Warren Harding from the Department of Justice’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division.
July 15, 2013
Although city and state officials have taken a step in remedying the violence through the implementation of a county police force, more is needed. [Camden Churches Organized for People] is asking Mayor Dana Redd to convene a working table of community members, clergy, law enforcement, probation and social service providers to help mold a Ceasefire strategy that specifically suits Camden and will reduce the gross amount of violence that has plagued this city.
February 06, 2013
Lifelines 10 City Tour begins in Detroit, MI and stops in Camden, Brockton, MA, Kansas City, Birmingham, AL, Baton Rouge, LA, Greensboro, NC, Little Rock, AK, Orlando, FL and Oakland, CA.
May 30, 2012
Experts in violence reduction initiatives from across the country meet with Camden Clergy and Residents to share and to teach best practices in violence reduction. Workshops will equip residents with evidence-based methods to increase peace, promote opportunity and education and reduce violence during two-day conference.
March 18, 2012
Lifelines to Healing is CCOP's innovative violence reduction campaign part of a 9-city wide anti-violence movement. Your donation will help us continuing operating in our 27th year!
August 05, 2011
A packed house listened to research and testimonies on abandoned housing issue in the spotlight
July 29, 2011
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner is a local physician who some believe might have the model to solve one of America's most intractable problems: lowering the cost of health care. CCOP's expertise in community organizing was an intricate resource for Dr. Brenner
in accessing a much needed people connection in Camden leading to the opening of a Medical Clinic in Northgate II complex.
April 27, 2011
Residents Problem-Solve Health Barriers. Read more here about the pioneering of this new health care access model in Camden.
December 20, 2010
RESPONSE FROM FAITH COMMUNITY REGARDING LAYOFFS
August 11, 2010
“The problem we are facing with a $28 million deficit is not an economic crisis but a value crisis,” commented Rosa Ramiez.
August 03, 2010
Be it resolved by the City Council of Camden that in the interests of protecting the safety of Camden’s residents, if fully supports Assemblyman Fuente’s recently introduced Assembly Bill No. 2416...the City of Camden hereby encourages all applicable municipalities in the State of New Jersey to support Assembly Bill No. 2416 in the interest of public safety for their constituencies.”
“This City Council has always been supportive of the right of all people to be free from discrimination in all facets of everyday life.” Direct line from City Council Resolution passed July 13.
June 21, 2010
The personal testimony of our Keynote Speaker, Zoraida Gonzalez-Torres, struck the hearts of those present. Zoraida spoke of her journey with CCOP from the very beginning -- from brand new fledgling leader, learning she had a voice to trained and vocal powerhouse
June 07, 2010
11 CCOP leaders met with Senator Menendez at the Elgin Dinner to better understand Comprehensive Immigration Reform
May 03, 2010
Bishop and other faith leaders lead ecumenical prayer rally for immigrants
April 27, 2010
Those gathered will urge the US Congress and Senate for fair and just immigration policy that respects the core values including human life, human dignity, family unity, and humane enforcment policies. Bishop Galante will be the featured guest.
April 23, 2010
Team of Camden adults and youth faith leaders are shocked by response following testimony at Trenton State Assembly Budget Hearings
April 06, 2010
In the hot months of June 1985 a collection of congregations and neighborhood groups banned together to “Call Camden to life” by forming a covenant among faith communities to work together to transform the conditions for individuals and families in the city of Camden
March 23, 2010
13 different countires, 6 different faith traditions, 3 different languages, 1 MESSAGE
March 12, 2010
We need to reinforce the idea that we are powerful and can stand up for the good of our community. There is a lot of good in Camden we have to fight to keep it. - Marvin 15 year old Camden Resident
January 29, 2010
500 people, 26 different faith communities, 5 nights, 1 purpose
January 26, 2010
With momentum building and changes starting to occur, the Sword of the Sprit/CCOP local organizing committee in partnership with KACE has set their sights for the 4th and 5th Beads. These beads won’t come easy. The 4th Bead rests in the hands of the City of Camden and the 5th bead in the hands of the County.
January 25, 2010
Camden is on the road to redefining itself and the next 24 months will be crucial. Where 5 years ago growth and rejuvenation were merely hopes and idea, Camden's political leaders, businesses, faith institutions and residents are now seeing signs of change.
January 23, 2010
500+ residents share their thoughts on Camden's Recovery
January 13, 2010
“The progress marked by this demolition shows that together, we can achieve a good purpose; when we can get involved, and work together, we can support our officials in completing and streamlining a demolition and rehabilitation process” concluded Gordon Johnson.
November 10, 2009
CCOP leaders win commitment from City Coucil president to move imminent hazard resolution before Thanksgiving.
November 04, 2009
50 Plus teens and 1000 plus voters contacted
October 26, 2009
Camden Home Improvement Program winner of 2009 COSDA Sterling Achievement Award
October 13, 2009
Late Monday evening, October 12th, 100 clergy and religious leaders from CCOP met with Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Christie at Sword of the Sprit Christian Center in the Gateway section of Camden.
October 12, 2009
Rosa Ramirez, CCOP leader and Camden resident added, “During election time, public officials want and need to hear from the community, and that is what we are doing. We are not asking for any promises or campaign speeches, we are simply lifting up what life is like for Camden residents.”
October 08, 2009
Cramer Hill's 2009 Ugliest house to be demolished!
September 29, 2009
“We will go into the voting booth keeping our mind on what you say to us tonight and how well you answer the questions.” - Fr. Jud Weiksnar
September 21, 2009
"What are you really going to do for Camden residents and neighborhoods?"
September 16, 2009
“We’ve heard the Governor’s words, so what do we do now?...We get to work.” - Reverend Willie Anderson, CCOP Chair and Pastor at Sword of the Spirit
September 09, 2009
As Camden recovery struggles, our neighborhoods continue to suffer
August 28, 2009
Jose Bello of St. Andrews Episcopal Church “our community is under siege by thugs who terrorize our neighbors by beating, stabbing, robbing and killing them. These are our daughters, sons, moms and dads. We have to do something; this has to stop!”
August 27, 2009
“I may not have much more time left in office, but I will work to get this down before I leave,” exclaimed Mayor Faison. “I’m tired of trash and burnt out buildings - something has got to be done.”
August 25, 2009
"The winner is littered with trash, graffiti and aids the drug activity in this block. In addition to posing an imminent hazard both structurally and in terms of the quality of life of Cramer Hill residents, this property has already been identified and slated for demolition in the Cramer Hill Now Plan.” said Fr. Jud Weiksnar
August 19, 2009
The faith community’s live web cast call-in with President Obama this evening, August 19th – “40 Minutes for Health Reform” – will be unlike any other town hall or public event about health care.
August 08, 2009
CAMDEN Religious Leaders to Hold Prayer Rally for Health Reform for Senator Menendez, Senator Lautenberg, and Congressman Andrews
July 23, 2009
"I will come out again to Camden in September" Candidate Chis Christie in response to Msgr. Robert McDermott's invitation to CCOP's September Gubernatorial Forum.
“By voting for the ugliest house, we want to draw attention to the fact that many of these houses have become part of the landscape in Cramer Hill. Some have been here for weeks, but neighbors tell us one of them has been burned out for 22 years,” - Fr. Jud Weiksnar, O.F.M.
October 06, 2008
In late September, the city of Camden, NJ began accepting applications from homeowners in neighborhoods in certain parts of North, East, and Central Camden to participate in the city's innovative Camden Home Improvement Program.
May 15, 2008
Rev. Heyward Wiggins, pastor of Camden Bible Tabernacle Church in North Camden and a leader in the PICO National Network, appeared with New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and Rep. Frank Pallone to support legislation that would block implementation of a federal rule limiting the ability of states to expand their children's health programs to families earning above 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
January 08, 2008
Less than two months after New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram stood before a packed crowd at Saint Joseph's Pro-Cathedral in East Camden and refused to commit to a clear timeline to hire a new police chief and civilian director, the tide has turned. On January 7, Milgram named a new chief of police for the city as well as replaced the state's civilian police director.
November 13, 2007
Camden Churches Organized for People mobilized more than 800 faith-community members to meet with New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram and the city's state-appointed Chief Operating Officer.
April 25, 2007
Rev. Heyward Wiggins, of Camden Churches Organized for People, represented the PICO National Network today in testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health.
March 14, 2007
Rev. Heyward Wiggins of Camden Churches Organized for People represented PICO National Network at a press conference announcing the introduction of new legislation to provide affordable health coverage to all children in the United States.
December 20, 2006
Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) held a press conference with state and city officials to launch an $8 million home improvement program that will finance the rehabilitation of 300 homes in Camden.
November 02, 2006
School districts in Denver, Camden, New Jersey and Gilroy, California were the latest to embrace the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project as a tool to build instructional relationships between home and school.
September 06, 2006
The State of New Jersey is about to launch a home repair program that will make $7.5 million in grants available to Camden homeowners to repair and renovate their homes.
November 02, 2005
In follow-up to CCOP's July 18, 2005 Action meeting with state Treasurer John McCormac, a team of CCOP leaders has held a series of work sessions with state officials to develop the guidelines for a new Camden Home Improvement Program that will channel $7 million in home repair grants to approximately 250 Camden homeowners.
July 18, 2005
More than 500 people attended a Community Action meeting organized by Camden Churches Organized for People, in partnership with Concerned Black Clergy of Camden City to present a Progress Report on Camden's Recovery on the third anniversary of the landmark Camden Recovery Act's being signed into law.
October 13, 2004
Two years after winning passage of a $175 million recovery plan, Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) is insuring that residents benefit from the revitalization of their city.
April 27, 2004
In 2002 Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) won $175 million in new state investment to revitalize the city. Today CCOP continues to fight to make sure that these funds are spent to benefit local residents.
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