by Ece Esikara
(Originally posted on http://blogs.brandeis.edu)
I have never seen a religious leader working for the workers before. I have never heard a talk about religion in a ‘lefty’ space before.
Before coming to Brandeis, as an activist and lefty high schooler, I worked in several organizations including feminist and sociali...
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by Julian Medrano
Another critical pillar in improving lives and creating a just economy is ensuring that working people have access to paid sick days and paid family leave. The passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was a powerful step forward and provided millions with the right to take time to nurture their newborns, care for their loved ones, and care for their own health without fear of losing their jobs. But it has been 25 years since it was passed...
photo from Poor People's Campaign
by Julian Medrano
Across the country, people of faith and goodwill kicked off week five of the Poor People’s Campaign to draw attention to systemic poverty, jobs, income & housing. We join them in asserting: Everybody’s got the right to live!
This week’s focus on living wages, good jobs, and the fight to protect the inherent rights and dignity of working families gets to the very heart of IWJ’s mission...
Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety
Food Safety Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dear Deputy Under Secretary Rottenberg,
We are a group of national faith-based organizations from various faith traditions and we are writing to you because our shared values call on us to advocate on behalf of the workers in the meat packing industry. We believe that all workers are entitled to safe workplaces that are free of dangerous conditions and that it is the responsibility of the government to act in a way that improves the safety of work...
by Ben Levenson
Shavuot is one of the least well known important holidays in Jewish tradition. People know about passover and matzah, yom kippur and fasting, and hanukkah candles, but not Shavuot. Perhaps it’s because the customs, staying up all night studying and eating dairy (for all those lactose intolerant Jews) is less sexy than a passover seder about liberation and Hanukkah games and candles. And perhaps it’s also because the holiday commemorates receiving laws at Mount Sinai. I remember when I was a kid at one of these night study sessions reading through the ten commandments with a group from our synagogue and trying to ...
In July of 2008, IWJ had several summer interns along with IWJ co-founder Rabbi Robert Marx attend an interfaith rally in Postville to protest the largest workplace raid in American history. IWJ founder, Kim Bobo wrote the following reflection piece on the Postville raids which offers a haunting narrative of that day and the following weeks. Postville: Ground Zero for the Intersection of Immigrant and Workers' Rights
"Let the voice of the people be heard!" Albert Parsons spoke these last words in 1887 right before he and 3 other men were unjustly hanged for the Chicago Haymarket Bombing. The Haymarket affair is widely considered the origin of international May Day events for workers. Read more about the history of May Day.
This May Day, take to the streets to voice your support for all working people. Today, more than ever, we need to make sure human rights are protected. We choose to show our love and solidarity by standing together and caring for one another independent of race, religion, o...
Workers Memorial Day Events
April 27, San Diego, CA
Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego County
Workers Memorial Day Service, 11 am-12 pm
April 27, Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Worker Justice Center
Workers Memorial Day State Ceremony, 11 am - 1 pm
April 27, New York, NY
Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
The risk of asbestos was realized as early as 1918, but is still legal in more than 70% of the world today, including the United States.
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