The IWJ Voices blog is a place for members of the Interfaith Worker Justice network to share stories and perspectives on issues at the intersection of faith and worker justice issues. If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please email Ian at ipajer-rogers[at]IWJ[dot]org.

Justice For Mothers

by Maxine Phillips

When Julia Ward Howe, best known as author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," published a call for a national Mother's Day for Peace, she wanted all women to come together to mourn their losses in the Civil War and work to end war. During that war and after, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia organized Appalachian women into what were called Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, which aimed to improve health and other conditions in their communities and give aid to victims from both sides of the war. It was her daughter Anna,...

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Let My People Stay

by Maxine Phillips

On the first day of Passover, Ravi Ragbir was scheduled to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Manhattan for what might have been the start of his own exodus. Instead of being deported, though, Ragbir, a Trinidadian and director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, received notice that he didn’t need to check in again until Januar...

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A Passover Reflection by IWJ Staffer Ben Levenson

My name is Ben Levenson and I’ll be working on the Interfaith Worker Justice development team to support the long-term success of the organization’s efforts to organize and advocate for the dignity and justice of working people everywhere.

It’s fitting that I’m starting at IWJ just in time for Passover, Judaism’s celebration of liberation from slavery. I have always loved the holiday—the coming of spring, Read more

Uniting the new working class

From The Christian Century:

by Lillian Daniel

In a political campaign marked by extremes, the issue of class seems to have turned itself inside out. Union members who supported Bernie Sanders are not necessarily Hillary Clinton supporters—some may turn to Donald Trump in their suspicion of a Democratic Party that has done little for unions lately. “Brexit” and anti-immigrant rhetoric across the ...

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Letter of celebration from Bishop Ann Svennungsen to CTUL


Minneapolis Area Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America 

October 12, 2016

Congratulations to the workers and leaders of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) for faithfully working with and on behalf of retail janitorial workers in the Twin Cities as they seek fairness and safety. After six years of determined work, this union vote and the pending contract negotiations mean a new day for retail...

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Rosh Hashanah Reflection

by Anna Rubin
National Field Organizer
Interfaith Worker Justice 


I realized recently that I draw a great deal of meaning from the fact that in Judaism, our new year is marked by completing a cycle of sharing, analyzing, and discussing our community’s history, and then immediately picking right back up to begin again. During the High Holidays, we celebrate a return to the beginning of our communal storytelling by gathering together en masse to go through the pra...

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Only A Few Predicted It


by Paul Sherry

In early June, dozens of low-wage workers confronted members of the Democratic Platform Committee as they entered the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC for a meeting. The protesters were there to demand that the committee add explicit support for a $15 minimum wage into the party’s official platform.

What happened next, as reported by Isaiah J. Poole in a discussi...

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