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Our Mission

When Father John Bauman began international grassroots organizing work, he knew that isolated people are vulnerable people. He knew that true hope came from people organizing without borders.

That is the mission of Faith in Action International. Every day it becomes clearer that the problems we face are global in scope. We cannot solve one problem if we are isolated from the people across the world who are experiencing the same oppressive systems. We are stronger together.

That’s why Faith in Action International and Faith in Action are on a world-wide campaign to bring together people most impacted by injustice to develop plans for their own liberation.

Our Mission

When Father John Bauman began international grassroots organizing work, he knew that isolated people are vulnerable people. He knew that true hope came from people organizing without borders.

That is the mission of Faith in Action International. Every day it becomes clearer that the problems we face are global in scope. We cannot solve one problem if we are isolated from the people across the world who are experiencing the same oppressive systems. We are stronger together.

That’s why Faith in Action International and Faith in Action are on a world-wide campaign to bring together people most impacted by injustice to develop plans for their own liberation.

Our History

Faith in Action was founded in 1972 by Jesuit priest John Baumann in Oakland, CA. The organization was originally named the Oakland Training Institute, and later the Pacific Institute for Community Organizing and PICO National Network. Its mission has remained constant for the past 40 years—to develop leaders through faith institutions who exercise the power needed to build a more just and equitable society.

Through Faith in Action people most impacted by injustice have been able to lead successful campaigns to improve the schools their children attend, gain access to health care and affordable housing, reduce violence and incarceration in their communities and create better jobs with better benefits. Over the years Faith in Action has emerged as one of the strongest non-partisan community-change networks in the United States.

In 2002, seeing the power of the Faith in Action model, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez invited us to explore organizing in Central America. Since then, faith leaders have invited Faith in Action to work in Rwanda and Haiti as well. Faith in Action responded these requests to partner because we recognize the global nature of our issues, the impact of U.S. power in these countries and the mandate of our faith to be brothers and sisters to all.

Faith in Action International has provided ongoing consultation and technical assistance to establish locally owned organizations in El Salvador, Rwanda and Haiti. Staff, clergy and grassroots leaders in each of these countries are making significant progress. With a relatively small investment, organizing has involved thousands of people and achieved tangible results that have improved many lives. We continue to respond to requests from faith leaders in other countries to partner in promoting grassroots faith organizing.

Our History

Faith in Action was founded in 1972 by Jesuit priest John Baumann in Oakland, CA. The organization was originally named the Oakland Training Institute, and later the Pacific Institute for Community Organizing and PICO National Network. Its mission has remained constant for the past 40 years—to develop leaders through faith institutions who exercise the power needed to build a more just and equitable society.

Through Faith in Action people most impacted by injustice have been able to lead successful campaigns to improve the schools their children attend, gain access to health care and affordable housing, reduce violence and incarceration in their communities and create better jobs with better benefits. Over the years Faith in Action has emerged as one of the strongest non-partisan community-change networks in the United States.

In 2002, seeing the power of the Faith in Action model, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez invited us to explore organizing in Central America. Since then, faith leaders have invited Faith in Action to work in Rwanda and Haiti as well. Faith in Action responded these requests to partner because we recognize the global nature of our issues, the impact of U.S. power in these countries and the mandate of our faith to be brothers and sisters to all.

Faith in Action International has provided ongoing consultation and technical assistance to establish locally owned organizations in El Salvador, Rwanda and Haiti. Staff, clergy and grassroots leaders in each of these countries are making significant progress. With a relatively small investment, organizing has involved thousands of people and achieved tangible results that have improved many lives. We continue to respond to requests from faith leaders in other countries to partner in promoting grassroots faith organizing.

Building a people-powered movement

El Salvador/Central America History

In 2002, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, Honduras, invited FIA to work with Catholic Church leaders in all six Central American countries to revitalize base Christian communities dedicated to justice for the most vulnerable.

Map of El Salvador

Rwanda/Africa History

Faith in Action Rwanda was formed by Pastor John Rutsindintwarane, a native Rwandan, who began organizing in Rwanda in 2006 after a one year internship with the U.S. Faith in Action affiliate Oakland Community Organizations.

Map of Rwanda

Haiti/Caribbean History

Faith in Action International’s newest organizing project, Organisation Peuple Œcuménique pour le Developpment du Nord-Est (OPODNE), was formally launched in August 2014 when 100 leaders from across Northeast Haiti gathered at a General Assembly.

Map of Haiti

Building a people-powered movement

El Salvador/Central America History

In 2002, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, Honduras, invited FIA to work with Catholic Church leaders in all six Central American countries to revitalize base Christian communities dedicated to justice for the most vulnerable.

Map of El Salvador

Rwanda/Africa History

Faith in Action Rwanda was formed by Pastor John Rutsindintwarane, a native Rwandan, who began organizing in Rwanda in 2006 after a one year internship with the U.S. Faith in Action affiliate Oakland Community Organizations.

Map of Rwanda

Haiti/Caribbean History

Faith in Action International’s newest organizing project, Organisation Peuple Œcuménique pour le Developpment du Nord-Est (OPODNE), was formally launched in August 2014 when 100 leaders from across Northeast Haiti gathered at a General Assembly.

Map of Haiti
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