Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization based in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. ICUC empowers people of faith, youth, and marginalized communities by teaching them community organizing and providing them with the tools to revitalize and transform their neighborhoods. Through this, individuals develop leadership skills that allow them to become active agents of change. ICUC is affiliated with PICO California, Faith In Action, and Power California.
Families are the reason ICUC exists and the driving force behind our organizing. In a world where family, whether biological or chosen, is seldom treated as a priority, ICUC becomes a voice for them.
Within all our traditions, there is commitment to justice. We seek equitable and just opportunities for those most in need. ICUC is a way of putting this belief into action.
The strength of a community comes from embracing diversity. The wealth of different backgrounds and experiences leads us in creative new directions. We are intentionally building an organization that is diverse in our ethnic, denominational, and economic backgrounds.
We have a commitment to the belief that decision-making should be by and for the people. We believe in taking responsibility and participating in community life. Our members listen to concerns in their communities and then research, discuss, and plan how issues can be resolved.
Giving ordinary people the tools to become compelling leaders.
Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) was founded by a coalition of multi-faith clergy and faith-leaders in the city of San Bernardino in 1991. Since its roots, it has been an interfaith non-profit that has used its influence to organize around education. Over the years, the organizing has expanded to other regions of San Bernardino and Riverside counties and to other issues such as youth involvement, immigration, voter engagement, criminal justice reform and policing.
At its core, ICUC believes that “the first revolution is internal.” Because of this, the organization has historically given ordinary people the tools to create their own critical analysis of the ways in which societal power structures create injustice. ICUC also provides our communities with the tools to push back against this oppression and demand that the people have a seat at the decision-making table.
Throughout the years, this has led to many wins for disenfranchised folk who primarily experience the pangs of systematic oppression. At the front-line of ICUC’s organizing are youth, immigrants, parents, people of color, and formerly incarcerated leaders. Collectively, their leadership creates a counter-narrative that pushes back on the negative portrayals of their identities and, instead, empowers them to come together to create a world that respects the basic human needs of everyone.