Who We Are

 

The Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State unites faith, labor and community in a statewide movement for social, racial, and economic justice, grounded in our deeply held moral and democratic values.

We envision a New York in which:

  • All residents are guaranteed adequate food, housing, healthcare, and a safe environment

  • All New Yorkers have access to quality public education and living wage jobs. the right to organize in the workplace, and the right to equal pay for equal work

  • All have equal protection under the law, regardless of race, religious belief, country of origin, immigration status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Principles

  • We seek to build a broad and diverse movement in New York State, crossing lines of race, religion, class, geography, and gender.

  • We frame and critique policy through our deeply held moral, spiritual, and political values.

  • We seek to lift up the voices of people directly affected by poverty, inequality, and unjust policies and build power among poor and working New Yorkers to assert and defend their rights.

  • We are non-partisan, promoting a morally grounded policy agenda, but not particular parties, candidates or elected officials.

Staff of the Labor Religion Coalition

  Rev. Emily McNeill, Executive Director  Tele: 518/213-6000 ext. 6176 emcneill@labor-religion.org  Originally from Fairport, NY, Emily joined Labor-Religion Coalition in 2014 as Lead Organizer. Emily is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she was a Fellow with the Kairos Center, a national network of grassroots and religious leaders organizing to end poverty. Prior to joining LRC, she was pastor of Parkland United Methodist Church and associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tacoma, WA. Emily has also worked with United Methodist Kairos Response, a denominational network advocating for justice and human rights in Israel/Palestine. She has a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College.

Rev. Emily McNeill, Executive Director
Tele: 518/213-6000 ext. 6176
emcneill@labor-religion.org

Originally from Fairport, NY, Emily joined Labor-Religion Coalition in 2014 as Lead Organizer. Emily is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she was a Fellow with the Kairos Center, a national network of grassroots and religious leaders organizing to end poverty. Prior to joining LRC, she was pastor of Parkland United Methodist Church and associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tacoma, WA. Emily has also worked with United Methodist Kairos Response, a denominational network advocating for justice and human rights in Israel/Palestine. She has a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College.

  Joe Paparone, Lead Organizer  Tele: 518/ 213-6000 ext. 6247 jpaparone@labor-religion.org  Joe Paparone is a life-long New Yorker, growing up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, near New Paltz. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012. Joe volunteers with New Sanctuary for Immigrants, ICE-Free Capital District, and Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.   Joe lives in Albany with his wife Lesley and their dogs, Artax and Nym. He is currently pursuing ordination in the Mennonite Church USA. He plays tenor and baritone saxophone in two local bands: Kimono Dragons and Victory Soul Orchestra. In his free time he enjoys exploring the Adirondacks via foot, bike or canoe.   

Joe Paparone, Lead Organizer
Tele: 518/ 213-6000 ext. 6247
jpaparone@labor-religion.org

Joe Paparone is a life-long New Yorker, growing up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, near New Paltz. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012. Joe volunteers with New Sanctuary for Immigrants, ICE-Free Capital District, and Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration. 

Joe lives in Albany with his wife Lesley and their dogs, Artax and Nym. He is currently pursuing ordination in the Mennonite Church USA. He plays tenor and baritone saxophone in two local bands: Kimono Dragons and Victory Soul Orchestra. In his free time he enjoys exploring the Adirondacks via foot, bike or canoe.

 

  Hallie Traiman, Intern  Tele: 518/213-6000 ext. 6348 htraiman@labor-religion.org  Originally from Scotch Plains, NJ, Hallie moved to Albany where she is currently a junior at the University of Albany, pursuing a Bachelors degree in Political Science, International Relations and Journalism. She recently joined the Labor- Religion Coalition team as an intern, where she hopes to pursue her dream of being a human rights activist. She is of the Jewish faith yet has studied five major religions throughout her studies at university and has adapted an interest in learning as much as possible about any religion she encounters. Hallie has worked for the campaigns of several Congressmen currently in office for the state of Maryland. In her free time she loves to hike, dance and sing. Her positivity and determination is what will help protect the rights of all, to seek equal opportunities for all and will allow her to fight against discrimination in all areas of society.

Hallie Traiman, Intern
Tele: 518/213-6000 ext. 6348
htraiman@labor-religion.org

Originally from Scotch Plains, NJ, Hallie moved to Albany where she is currently a junior at the University of Albany, pursuing a Bachelors degree in Political Science, International Relations and Journalism. She recently joined the Labor- Religion Coalition team as an intern, where she hopes to pursue her dream of being a human rights activist. She is of the Jewish faith yet has studied five major religions throughout her studies at university and has adapted an interest in learning as much as possible about any religion she encounters. Hallie has worked for the campaigns of several Congressmen currently in office for the state of Maryland. In her free time she loves to hike, dance and sing. Her positivity and determination is what will help protect the rights of all, to seek equal opportunities for all and will allow her to fight against discrimination in all areas of society.

 

Board of Directors

Co-chair
Bishop Howard Hubbard

Co-chair
Paul Pecorale, NYSUT

President
Corey Ellis, NYSNA

Vice-President
AMY DESJARDINS, NYS AFL-CIO

Secretary
Colin Donnaruma, Albany Social Justice Center, New York Civil liberties union

treasurer
jessica dowsett, SEIU Local 200united

Walter Ayres, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

Rev. Peter Cook, Nys Council of Churches

Larry Cox, Kairos center for rights, religions and social justice

REV. SANDY DAMHOF, HUDSON-MOHAWK ASSOCIATION, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

rev. kirk laubenstein, coalition for economic justice - buffalo

KEVIN LOCKHART, 1199 SEIU

Demi McGuire, NYS Episcopal Policy Network

Rev. Shannan Vance Ocampo, Presbyterian Peace fellowship

carlos orellana, ufcw region 1 international

Paul Webster, NYSUT

Rev. Andrew Wilkes, Greater Allen Ame Cathedral