Great news! On Tuesday May 10th, a coalition of farmworkers and advocates - including the Workers' Center of Central New York and the Worker Justice Center of New York - filed a lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional denial to farmworkers of the right to organize and collectively bargain. Shortly after filing the suit and holding a press conference, the Governor responded with a statement that he supports their right and will not fight the lawsuit. This is a major step forward in the fight for equal rights for farmworkers. Read more about the lawsuit and response here. However, there is still much to be done.
We're gearing up for our annual Faith for a Fair NY Retreat, held this year on Sept. 16-17 at the Dominican Retreat Center in Niskayuna! Join other faith leaders - both lay and clergy from many denominations and faiths - as we build relationships, learn together, and plan powerful action toward economic justice in New York State. Our workshop topics this year will include Single-Payer Healthcare, Effective Advocacy, Moral Budget, Low-Wage Worker Campaigns, and Immigrant Rights. Come be inspired and get connected to great work happening across the state!
From Angela Nelson: I’ve been in this position for about a month, but at one day a week in the office, it feels like barely a week. So for my fourth day on the job, we sent three of us from Labor-Religion to the Capitol Takeover action around raising the minimum wage. I had done one action as a seminarian in Chicago, protesting the bankers and foreclosures, but really had no idea what I was getting into at the time, except that it was exciting and felt a bit dangerous. At both of these actions we cried out ‘shame on you!’ Classism, it seems, is the biggest and most stubborn of the walls to come down before we achieve equality.
Choose Fair Trade this year and make sure that your Valentine's Day is sweet - all the way through!
Fair Trade products support worker cooperatives that are committed to fair labor practices and environmental sustainability. Jewelry, apparel, personal care items, and much more is available from Fair Trade committed purveyors like Ten Thousand Villages or Mayan Hands. Fair Trade chocolate is delicious, available in conventional stores and online, and most importantly, Fair Trade chocolate keeps kids out of cocoa fields, and in schools! Conventional cocoa is often sourced from plantations that offer low prices at the expense of child laborers who are forced to work long hours in harsh conditions.