As 2022 comes to a close, we’re grateful to our network across New York (and beyond) for all you did to grow the movement for justice in our state this year.
Here’s just some of what we accomplished together:
We convened a powerful series of Truth Commission events highlighting the plight, fight, and insight of leaders across New York struggling for indigenous sovereignty, the right to food, housing and healthcare, and worker power. These virtual events helped build the solidarity and clarity we need to take effective action on these important fights. Recordings and multimedia reports of all these events are on our website at laborreligion.org/reports.
We organized in support of critical state budget and legislative campaigns including fair pay for home care workers, full funding for public higher education, and healthcare for all. With our coalition partners, we won partial but meaningful policy victories while growing our movement for the long haul.
With the NYS Poor People’s Campaign, we organized regular political education and leadership development programming for directly impacted, religious, and activist leaders representing diverse communities across New York.
We ensured New York State was powerfully represented at the Poor People’s Mass Assembly and Moral March on Washington, D.C., and to the Polls in June. The NYS Poor People’s Campaign, which we continue to anchor, sent 17 buses from across New York.
Looking ahead to 2023, we know we need to be prepared for the opportunities and challenges ahead. With continuing threats to our democracy, rising Christian nationalism, and a potential recession on the horizon, Labor-Religion Coalition’s work to unite faith, labor and community in a movement grounded in our shared moral and democratic values continues to be critical.
In order to start the new year strong, we need to raise $10,000 by Dec. 31. You can help by making a donation of any amount today. Just fill out and return the enclosed form or go to laborreligion.org/donate to donate securely online.
Over the next several months, the NYS Poor People’s Campaign will organize a Poor People's State of the State report and events, a van tour to deepen our understanding of the issues impacting our communities across New York, and continue to support nationally coordinated events.
LRC will also continue to support organizing and legislative campaigns alongside our union and community partners, continuing to mobilize our network around a fair state budget and play a leadership role in the Campaign for NY Health and End Medical Debt Campaign. We are also planning new political education and community-building opportunities for faith and movement leaders.
Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 by December 31 by filling out and returning the enclosed card or going to laborreligion.org/donate today.
Thanks for your support, and we wish a happy New Year to you and yours!
Rev. E. West McNeill