Today I went on strike. You can help.

ImageI am a single mother of four. Every day my heart aches with worry about my kids and their futures. Today I went on strike to protest retaliation. I did it for my children.

Please consider a donation of $50 or more to support workers while we are on strike. 

I work in a warehouse moving Walmart merchandise and I make $8 an hour. In a good week I earn $300. Our rent alone is $800 a month. Going on strike means no paycheck, but your support can help us during this time.

The math doesn’t add up. My coworkers and I cannot support our families on these wages, but when we have spoken up about the poverty we face and the dangerous working conditions inside the warehouse, we have been targeted. We’ve had enough. The warehouse managers follow us around, they have installed cameras to watch us constantly, they told us we cannot talk to each other about safety hazards, they intimidate us and they threatened we could lose our jobs if we continue to organize.

When I get scared, I think of the alternative. A second job means waking before the sun comes up and coming home long after my children are in bed. I can’t continue to make this choice every month. No one can.

A donation to our strike fund will help ensure we can send a strong message that Walmart’s warehouse contractors can’t silence us in our fight to create good, safe jobs.

Walmart must hear our message. I know we can transform warehouse jobs so that they are safe and we make a decent wage, but we need your support. 

Thank you,

Marisol Echeverria
Warehouse Worker
Riverside, California

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Local Faith Leaders Call for Immigration Reform

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By KEVIN DOI
2013-07-09 16:38:19
The recent Senate vote on immigration reform carries great hope for the future of our country.
All of us benefit from the sacrifices made by our forebears, many of whom took long, arduous journeys to get to our nation’s shores.
As a third-generation American of Japanese descent, I know this full well. My grandparents and their families – including my father and mother – were among the thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II who were denied due process of the law, removed from their homes and placed in internment camps simply because they were the wrong kind of immigrant.
Despite this shameful aspect of American history, people like my grandparents managed to forge a life in this country through courage, hard work and fortitude. I am the direct recipient of their sacrifice.
This is why I was encouraged to see our nation’s leadership work together in the Senate, striving to create a better system for the current generation of immigrants seeking to make a better life for themselves and their families here in the United States.
I realize the legal, economic and pragmatic issues surrounding immigration in this country are complex. But as the debate continues about borders and fences, it becomes increasingly important to remember that the fundamental concern is still about people.
As co-founder of the educational nonprofit JOYA Scholars in Fullerton, we see the adverse effect of current immigration laws on real families as we attempt to assist students in junior high and high school pursue dreams of a college education.
That’s why faith leaders like myself from Orange County are joining voices and calling for humane, common sense immigration reform.
The Christian story compels us to care for the most vulnerable and marginalized in our society. We are called to welcome immigrants and care for the poor, regardless of background or even legal status. One of the ways we can extend this type of concern is to advocate for immigration laws that respect human dignity and the unity of the family.
Our nation always has grappled with the topic of immigration. Immigrants come with their own languages, customs and backgrounds, which can sometimes make us feel uneasy. But we must remember it always has been this way with each wave of immigrants to the U.S. over the past 200 years. Yet it is the source of the richly diverse, distinct and beautiful country we enjoy today.
Support for reform is stronger than it ever has been. The faith community in Orange County is working with leaders across the country to educate and mobilize others to support just and humane immigration laws.
Our hope is that by this time next year, aspiring undocumented Americans will really have something to celebrate.
– Kevin Doi is the lead pastor of Epic Church and co-founder of JOYA Scholars in Fullerton© Copyright 2013 Freedom Communications. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | User Agreement | Site Map
 

A message from ICWJ President, Reverend Dr. Jamie Gates:

A message from ICWJ President, Reverend Dr. Jamie Gates:
We should all be in mourning.  We lament in solidarity with the family of
Trayvon Martin in their grief and for the senseless loss of life.  We mourn with George Zimmerman who now lives with a death on his hands for which he can have no true confession, forgiveness or restoration.  We lament the deep injustices that have come to light in the course of this trial and its verdict.  We mourn the society that we have created where these injustices are not just aberrations but part of the very fabric of what we have created. 
Trayvon Martin was profiled, followed and then killed by George Zimmerman.  Based on the case presented by the state, and based on Florida law, George Zimmerman was not and should not have been convicted of second degree murder or manslaughter.  Whether you agree or disagree with the “not guilty” verdict, we should all be deeply concerned by the grave injustices that have been exposed.  For someone who profiled, pursued and eventually killed a black teenage boy not to be held legally accountable is a profound injustice. 
 
To avoid the central issue of race that was so clearly at the heart of this trial is a travesty that puts all black young men in even more danger than before, puts black families more at risk and damages race relations for all of us.  For this trial to avoid naming the dangers in gun laws that make it
easier for those of ill will to get away with killing another human being
elevates the likelihood that we all use lethal force in disputes against one
another and makes every community less safe. 
The criminalization of Trayvon by the defense is evidence of a competitive trial system bent on creating winners and losers at all costs, to the detriment of us all, and at the expense of an alternative system that seeks truth, justice and the restoration of our communities as its end.  The simultaneous criminalization and lionization of both Trayvon and George in a ratings-hungry trial-by-media showed us just how little those in charge of our public airwaves are capable of pursuing truth, justice and restoration; amplifying the divisions already tearing at our communities may be good for ratings but contributes greatly to the culture of polarization and violence that led to these tragic events in the first place. 
 
We are a people of mourning, but also a people who act for justice.  We call on all people of faith to allow these injustices to spur us on to actively pursue a justice that always includes the possibility for reconciliation and restoration.  We call on all people of faith to actively work for reconciliation across lines of race and class.  We call on all people of faith to actively vote for laws that make it less likely that we kill one another.  Lord, have mercy on us all as we discern what to do next, and guide us into your justice and reconciliation!

Create a Meaningful Labor Day Worship!

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Invite a worker or labor leader to be a guest speaker on Labor Day weekend:
Friday, August 30th – Monday, September 2nd 2013

 

For 15 years the ICWJ has worked with congregations to facilitate
exciting, meaningful, and engaging Labor Day Worships. 
Call Lisa right away to include your congregation
in our 2013 Labor in the Pulpits!

 

Lisa Maldonado Robinson
Elizabeth@ICWJ.org
619-584-5740 

Create a powerful service for Labor Day weekend by including one or more of the following:

Speakers for reflections or announcements
Materials for a homily, sermon, or liturgy
Educational & engaging congregational forums
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Each Labor Day weekend, congregations across the country host workers and labor leaders to reflect on faith, work, justice, and the meaning of Labor Day. All faith traditions strongly support justice for workers and share these values with worker advocates:

·All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

·The economy should work for all of us.

·All workers should earn enough for life’s basic necessities.

·Stable and just employment is a fundamental right for all.

 

Inviting speakers such as labor leaders or worker justice advocates to discuss the link between work and justice is a great opportunity for faith communities to recognize the sacred work of their members and support workers’ struggle for justice.

 

CLICK HERE FOR  FLIER

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP

 

Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County
3727 Camino del Rio South, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92108  |  www.ICWJ.org

3727 Camino del Rio South Suite 100 | San Diego, CA 92108 US

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: CLUE-LA DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Los Angeles (CLUE-LA) is seeking, for the first time, an experienced, talented, and driven Development Director to work with the Executive Director to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that will enable CLUE-LA to further its effort to “educate, organize, and mobilize the faith community to walk with workers and their families in their struggle for good jobs and dignity in the workplace.”   CLUE-LA is well-positioned to grow substantially in its capacity to create a more just and sacred society; the Development Director will enable us to expand our efforts in new directions.
Do you have the drive, experience, and tenacity to assure the religious community’s proper place in the struggle for worker and immigrant rights?
Know someone else who might?
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary.  A full job description, with application procedures and qualifications, will be sent to you by emailing JobDescription@cluela.org.  Questions?  Please email Christopher French at office@cluela.org, subject “Development Director Position questions”.  No calls, please. 
Please circulate widely – post on FB, email to friends, etc!  Applications will be collected through August 15th. The position is available September 1st or until filled.

Border Militarization: Inhumane, Immoral, Irresponsible Faith leaders & Community groups join to oppose border militarization in Senate Bill 744 & call for human rights in immigration reform.

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Border Militarization:
Inhumane, Immoral, Irresponsible

 

Faith leaders & Community groups join to oppose border militarization in Senate Bill 744 & call for human rights in immigration reform.

JOIN the NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BORDER MILITARIZATION

WEDNESDAY JULY 17TH, 2013
12 Noon- 1pm
275 Battery Street, San Francisco
In front of SAIC
(Science Applications International Corporation)-
one of the top 15 current companies benefiting from contracts with US Customs and Border Protection, receiving $69 million in 2012.

Click here to download the flyer

Elements of proposed new Border Security:

Escalates the enforcement budget from $4.5 billion to $46 billion.
Doubles the number of border patrol officers from 20,000 to 40,000.
Requires construction of an additional 700 miles of double border fencing, waiving environmental protections and Indigenous communities’ rights regarding wall construction.
Expands drone and other forms of surveillance through a 24 hour “virtual fence.”
Makes the E-verify system obligatory for all employers.

We want a fair & just immigration reform that reflects our communities’ values of justice & human rights:

Reunite families and keep families together.

Demilitarize the U.S.-Mexico border
Offer a rapid and affordable pathway to citizenship for all unauthorized immigrants.
Protect the labor rights of both immigrant and U.S. workers.
Guarantee due process and protect the civil and human rights of all immigrants.
End enforcement practices that criminalize migrants because of their status.
Offer public services, including health care, to immigrants regardless of status.

Let us know if your group will attend or for more info: Laura Rivas laura@workingeastbay.org, 510-893-7106×302 or Rev. Deborah Lee (dlee@clueca.org)