From the Frontlines

Letter Urging Backpay for Federal Contract Workers

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
The Honorable Charles Schumer
The Honorable Richard Shelby
The Honorable Patrick Leahy
The Honorable Ron Johnson
The Honorable Gary Peters
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
The Honorable Nita Lowey
The Honorable Kay Granger
The Honorable Elijah Cummings
The Honorable Jim Jordan
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Members of Congress:

The undersigned organizations write in support of efforts to secure back pay for employees of federal contra...

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Religion as a Means of Mobilizing People


by Ece Esikara 
(Originally posted on

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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Supreme Court Delivers A Huge Blow to Millions of Workers

Julian Medrano |

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Everybody’s Got the Right to Live, continued...

Julian Medrano |

sick on couchJoseph Choi / Flickr

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...

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Everybody's Got the Right to Live: Poor People's Campaign Week 5

Julian Medrano |

Poor People's Campaignphoto 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...

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Faithful Letter Opposing Increased Line Speeds in Meat Packing

Carmen Rottenberg
Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety
Food Safety Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C.

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...

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The Story of Ruth: Shavuot and Sharing in the World's Harvest

Ben Levenson |

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 ...

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Ramadhan and Labor Empathy

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In the Spirit of May Day

 Voice of the People

"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...

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The Radical Roots of Janus

As the Supreme Court heard the pivotal union case, Janus v. AFSCME, on Monday, an unacknowledged presence haunted its chambers: that of Sylvester Petro.

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