"What my family needs more than charity is a society where housing and food are guaranteed human rights." - Rev. Molly Dowell Baum from the New York State Poor People's Campaign
Get It Done in 2021: Moral Monday March On Washington
“We cannot, in these days, be silent. Not when there is the biggest attack on our democracy in our lifetime.” - Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign "We’re not coming to get arrested. We’re coming to arrest the attention of the nation." - Rev. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign
More than 70 protesters - including a delegation from New York - were arrested outside the Capitol on Monday during a demonstration calling for Congress to pass legislation for voting rights and the full Build Back Better plan, before the end of the year. The roughly $2 trillion proposal would provide funding for child care and aid to low-income families. It would also expand Medicare coverage and increase funding to combat climate change. While the current Build Back Better plan falls short of our demands, its impact will still be significant. This is why Poor People's Campaign organizers from across the nation joined together in the streets, because we know too well how the pandemics of systemic racism, poverty, voter suppression and COVID-19 are wreaking havoc on our daily lives, our democracy, and our nation’s social and moral infrastructure.
To view the rally in its entirety click here.
Additional media coverage can be found here.
Housing, Hunger and the 3rd Reconstruction Recap / Video Recording
“Scarcity is a myth. We live in a world of abundance.” - Lindsey Jordan, N.C. Fed Up.
Thank you to all who joined us to hear the plight, fight, and insight of those fighting for human rights and dignity of all in the capital region! We will be sending a truth commission follow up report in the next few days. In the meantime, here is a link to the video recording of the Truth Commission.
Our executive Director, Rev E. West McNeill, also joined leaders from Freedom Church of the Poor this past Sunday and shared some reflections about this truth commission.
We look forward to sharing the entire report with you in a few days!
A People’s Budget, A People’s CUNY!
On Saturday December 11th nearly a thousand City University of New York students, faculty and staff marched with other CUNY allies in Queens, calling on Albany to fully fund the University’s budget request and support New Deal for CUNY legislation.
Labor-Religion Coalitin was proud to co-sponsor the event, which was led by a cross section of New York’s labor, social justice and student organizations. Marchers with masks that read “#APeoplesCUNY” and red shirts that said “Everybody Love Somebody at CUNY” were accompanied by a brass band. Street theater performances coordinated by Bread and Puppet Theater with big #NewDealforCUNY banners bookended the day’s program.
Click here to read more about the New Deal for CUNY and to get involved!
We Are Unionized!
The staff at Labor-Religion Coalition is excited to join the newly formed Upstate Nonprofit Workers Union, part of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1104! We hope this small step will encourage others in the nonprofit sector to take the same step, and will benefit not only the workers and organizations, but all of the causes we seek to collectively advance. If you work for a nonprofit and are interested in learning more, you can reply to this e-mail or contact firstname.lastname@example.org