Ending Poverty Takes More Than Charity

Ending Poverty Takes More Than Charity

The following appears as a guest column in the November 22nd Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY. Read the full column here.

This is the time of year that, as many of us gather close with family and loved ones, we consider the ways we can help those among us who are struggling. We make donations to local charities, we volunteer, and we serve meals at soup kitchens. These efforts to serve our neighbors and communities are admirable, to be sure, and they often provide an essential lifeline. However, if we truly desire to end poverty in our communities, we must recognize that these acts of charity are not enough — and cannot be enough.

Next Thursday! Join us at the 2017 Faith at Work Awards

Next Thursday! Join us at the 2017 Faith at Work Awards

This year's Faith at Work Awards Luncheon is coming up next Thursday, November 2 at 11:30 at the Muslim Community Center of the Capital District! Join us as we honor these incredible New Yorkers:

I hope you'll be there to celebrate these honorees and the movement-building work of the Labor-Religion Coalition. Click here to reserve your seat today.  

If you are a sustaining member of Labor-Religion Coalition, you are invited to attend as our guest. Email htraiman@labor-religion.org for a complimentary ticket. (If you'd like to become a member, click here!

With your leadership and support, Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS will continue to unite faith, labor and community activists in a moral movement for justice in our state. We hope you'll join us on November 2 to celebrate what we’ve accomplished this year and build for the future.

 

Tune in at 7! Poor People's Campaign Mass Meeting and Truth Commission Report Release

Tune in at 7! Poor People's Campaign Mass Meeting and Truth Commission Report Release

Hundreds of people are gathering in Binghamton right now for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Mass Meeting, featuring campaign co-chairs Bishop William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis. You can be part of this important evening by tuning into the livestream on the Poor People's Campaign Facebook page, beginning at 7pm. Click here to watch.

 

Statement from NYS Labor-Religion Coalition on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The announcement by President Trump and Attorney General Sessions ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program represents a new low in the xenophobic and white supremacist assault on immigrants in our country. This is a transparent attempt to use a vulnerable population as a political bargaining chip: to further limit legal immigration, to further militarize the border, and to further cut taxes for the wealthiest in society.