Labor Day Programs to Focus on Wage Theft

For the past 8 years, congregations around the DC metropolitan area, and around the country, have been participated in Labor in the Pulpit, Labor on the Bimah, Labor on the Minbar program as a way of remembering God’s call to pursue justice, honoring people’s labor and recalling the religious traditions that dignify and celebrate work. rnrnThis year’s theme, “Justice and Work in Times of Crisis,” will raise up the impact of the economic crisis on workers in out region, with a special focus on victims of stolen wages and on unemployment.rnrnCongregations can participate by inviting a worker or labor leader to speak during or after services, by holding a special discussion program, or simply by offering special prayers to raise up workers in our community. rnrnInterfaith Worker Justice of Greater Washington and Jews United for Justice, who co-coordinate the program, provide resource packets that include scripture, denominational statements on worker justice, sample presentations, prayers, and bulletin/newsletter inserts. rnrn Sign-up on-line!rnrnFor more info about the program, contact Jonathan Wiens at jwien(at)dclabor.org or...

Student Labor Week of Action

rnThe 10th annual National Student Labor Week of Action, hosted by the Student Labor Action Project, is an opportunity to reclaim our future by mobilizing our communities. From March 27th to April 4th, in honor of the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez, students and workers will unite and demand:rn * The passage of the Employee Free Choice Act and living wages for all campus employeesrn * University codes of conduct that support workers’ rights both on campus and overseasrn * Fair wages & working conditions for the people who grow our food and harvest our cropsrnrnDC’s Student Labor Action Project was formed as a coalition of progressive organizations at universities across DC, with the goal of promoting economic justice both on and off campus. Together, we stand in solidarity with workers, and have worked on various campaigns fighting labor exploitation in the city. We also work closely as a coalition to support each others’ actions; our coordination as a group helps empower students to take action in their communities. In the past, DC SLAP has fought for living wages, anti-sweatshop apparel, and the right to organize for workers in the district.rnrnThe week of action kicks off On March 24th, when hundreds of students from across the nation will gather at the US Capitol to demand the passage of the DREAM Act and the Employee Free Choice Act. From there, groups will take action on their own campuses. rnStudent groups at Georgetown, George Washington, American, and UMD are all planning events in support of worker justice, and calling on our communities to take action. This year,...

DC SLAP Protests Gap for Unfair Business Practices

rnAdd worker unrest to the economic problems facing the Gap. Last Sunday, the clothing retailer’s Georgetown store was picketed by local students who are supporting Teamsters who have been on strike against Gap contractor Oak Harbor Freight Lines since last September. The workers struck after the company cut healthcare benefits for workers and retirees. rnrn”People seemed genuinely interested in what was going on,” said the Georgetown Solidarity Committee’s Joe Parker. “It was a very energetic event, and even the manager seemed concerned about the situation with Oak Harbor.”rn- Originally printed in Union...

Faith in Action: Labor Day Programs reach more then 50 congregations in the DC area!

During Labor Day weekend and throughout September, more than 50 congregations from diverse Jewish, Christian, and Unitarian traditions will honor workers and call for justice during special services and programs. The Labor in the Pulpits and Labor on the Bimah programs are jointly organized by Interfaith Worker Justice of Greater Washington and Jews United for Justice. rnrnProgram highlights this year include a talk by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Rockville; a discussion at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC about the situation of immigrant workers at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant, in Postville, IA; and a fellowship lunch at Foundry UMC featuring theater and film highlighting the congregation’s day labor ministry.rn rnA full schedule of Labor in the Pulpits and Labor on the Bimah programs is available here.rnrnParticipating congregations include:rnAdas Israel Congregation, Adat Reyim Congregation, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, All Soul’s Unitarian Church, Am Kolel Havurah, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Beth Sholom Temple, Bethesda Jewish Congregation, B’nai Israel Congregation, Christ Lutheran Church, Church of the Pilgrims Presbyterian, Congregation Bet Mishpachah, Congregation Beth Emeth, Congregation B’nai Tzedek, Congregation Etz Hayim, Covenant Baptist Church, DC Minyan, Fabrangen, First Trinity Lutheran Church, Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Foundry UMC, Grace Episcopal Church, Kehillat Shalom, MACHAR: The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, McKendree-Simms Brookland UMC, Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Oseh Shalom, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Second Baptist Church, Shaare Tefila Congregation, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. David’s Episcopal Parish, St....

Congregations Get Ready for Labor Day

For the past 7 years, congregations around the DC metro area, and around the country, have been using Labor Day as an opportunity to remember God’s call to pursue justice, to honor people’s labor and to recall the religious traditions that dignify and celebrate work. Click here to find out how to participate and sign up...