For two weeks now, 40,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers have been on strike demanding a fair contract.
Last week was amazing. On Tuesday, New Yorkers all across the state came together to call for an end to poverty wages, racism, and the deportation of immigrants in the latest Fight for $15 day of action. To all of you who stood with workers in the streets or contacted your state representatives - THANK YOU!
One point of preaching is to wake us up to what God is doing in the world. To point out where the Kin[g]dom is breaking in, make known the justice and mercy of God for the whole world, and our part in it. Remind us of our power for tikkun olam, continuing the work of creation that God began in the beginning, healing the brokenness around and within, by the power of God. It’s not to beat us over the head with what terrible sinners we are (even when that is so apparent we’d rather hide the elephant in the room than name it), but rather, as I heard often in seminary, to ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.’
Education is an essential component of the fight against inequality. A fair and equal education not only offers up opportunities, but builds hope in a future that is bright and secure. Battling poverty, hunger, and social injustice begins with battling inequities in public education. In New York State, education is under attack. Over the past three years AP, IB, and elective courses have been reduced or eliminated. Music, Art, Theater and sports programs have been reduced or eliminated. 35,000 educators and support staff have lost their jobs statewide, and many New Yorkers have come to know record poverty. New York State has forgone its constitutional promise and moral obligation to provide a quality education to all students.
Yesterday, over 70 people from around New York State gathered at the Capitol in the sub-zero cold to call on Governor Cuomo to address income inequality in his State of the State address. They braved the freezing temperatures because they had dreams and hopes for a better future. They spoke of a future where our children have a good education, where everyone has access to good jobs and living wages and where the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. See coverage from yesterday's event and take action below.
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.