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, Acting Director Tele: 518/213-6000 ext. 6348 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 Poverty Initiative, a national network of grassroots and religious leaders organizing to end poverty. Prior to joining LRC, she was pastor of Parkland 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, and Christian Peacemaker Teams. She has a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College. 

Rev. Emily McNeill, Acting Director
Tele: 518/213-6000 ext. 6348
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 Poverty Initiative, a national network of grassroots and religious leaders organizing to end poverty. Prior to joining LRC, she was pastor of Parkland 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, and Christian Peacemaker Teams. She has a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College. 

Joe Paparone, Clergy & Community Organizer Tele: 518/ 213-6000 ext. 6247 jpaparone@labor-religion.org A life-long New Yorker, Joe grew up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, near New Paltz. He received a BS 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 has experience in youth ministry and church outreach, both local and global, and is passionate about encouraging congregations to engage justice issues holistically. Joe also volunteers his time advocating on statewide justice issues with New Sanctuary for Immigrants in Albany and Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration. Joe lives in Albany with his wife Lesley and their dogs, Artax and Nym, and in his free time he enjoys exploring the Adirondacks via foot, bike or canoe.

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

A life-long New Yorker, Joe grew up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, near New Paltz. He received a BS 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 has experience in youth ministry and church outreach, both local and global, and is passionate about encouraging congregations to engage justice issues holistically. Joe also volunteers his time advocating on statewide justice issues with New Sanctuary for Immigrants in Albany and Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.

Joe lives in Albany with his wife Lesley and their dogs, Artax and Nym, and in his free time he enjoys exploring the Adirondacks via foot, bike or canoe.


Board of Directors

Co-chair
Bishop Howard Hubbard

Co-chair
Paul Pecorale, NYSUT

President
Corey Ellis, NYSNA

Vice-President
Evelyn de Jesus, UFT

Secretary/treasurer
Rev. Peter Cook, Nys Council of Churches

Walter Ayres, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

AMY DESJARDINS, NYS AFL-CIO

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

jessica dowsett, SEIU Local 200united

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

Demi McGuire, NYS Episcopal Policy Network

Rev. Shannan Vance Ocampo, Albany Presbytery

Scott M. Sommer, UAW Region 9A

Paul Webster, NYSUT

Rev. Andrew Wilkes, Greater Allen Ame Cathedral