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Somewhat lost this summer amidst all the conversation about comprehensive immigration reform is a little-known bill called the “Agricultural Guestworker Act” (or “Ag Act,” HB 1773) that has already passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. This harmful bill is a thinly veiled attempt to strip farmworkers of the few rights they have on the job while propping up agribusinesses’ bottom line.
SalonEvery week prayers and gospel songs infuse the air and participants offer blessings to the latest batch of 100 or so activists entering the Raleigh General Assembly building to commit civil disobedience. If you’re not from here, it may all seem a little counter-intuitive: A movement for inclusive and just secular governance that is deeply inflected with Christian ethics and arguments.
I finally had the chance to go my first Moral Monday earlier this week. Walking around Halifax Mall with our Executive Director, George Reed, I was struck by how many people we both knew. I’m deeply proud of the involvement by clergy and faith communities in particular. So many of our members are represented not only in the crowd but also in the faces of those participating in civil disobedience and getting arrested. As we celebrate Independence Day this week, we give thanks not only for the many freedoms our country offers, but in particular for the countless faithful voices speaking up and speaking out for those who are being pushed to the margins by this General Assembly.
Last week, members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) joined allies and activists from across the state in protesting Reynolds American Inc.’s treatment of farmworkers. Last year, Reynolds earned $1.3 billion in profits, but the company has hesitated to take proactive steps in guaranteeing good housing and fair pay to the workers at the very heart of its supply chain. Here at the NC Council of Churches, we have long supported farmworkers’ rights to living wages and dignity on the job. No one should have to work in slave-like conditions to provide for their family. Corporations should take responsibility for their supply chains, and the people whose labor makes possible their profits.
Speaking to 200 social justice advocates, Gene Nichol delivered a powerful luncheon address at the Council’s 2013 Legislative Seminar held April 11 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Raleigh. He received the Council’s Faith Active in Public Life Award at the Seminar for his “courageous, dedicated, humane and compassionate witness in the political arena.” Rev. George Reed, the Council’s Executive Director, introduced Nichol by saying in part, “To know Gene is to see the embodiment of Catholic social teaching about social justice and the common good.”
The Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HK on J) rally and march will take place on February 12 in Raleigh. A coalition of nearly a hundred social justice and community development organizations, including the North Carolina Council of Churches, have banded together to promote this event for the last several years.
Farmworkers play a vital role in cultivating the food we eat everyday, and North Carolina has one of the largest farmworker populations in the nation. Even though 85% of our fruits and vegetables are harvested by hand, farmworkers remain largely invisible. This colorful and easy-to-read fact sheet was designed for congregations and community groups. Download a copy today.
While particular religious leaders have stepped into the fray of company/union conflicts in our state, the church as a whole has remained distant from the controversy of collective bargaining and unionizing. Often, mainline churches are host to corporate executives who may be community leaders and major donors, whom clergy are loathe to offend. Some churches remain aloof from so-called worldly or political concerns, imagining workplace struggles as beyond the domain of the spiritual.
Detention and deportation deprive immigrants of their liberty, separate them from their loved ones, and exclude them from their communities. This goes against our deepest values. #CommunitiesNotCages
North Carolina judges have found the state's latest photo voter identification law unconstitutional, particularly because it discriminates against Black voters. Read more from NPR: npr.org/2021/09/17/1… #VoterID
October 11 to 15, thousands of people will take action at the White House, participate in civil disobedience, and demand that President Biden choose a side: People vs. Fossil Fuels. Join us! #PeoplevsFossilFuels peoplevsfossilfuels.… pic.twitter.com/Bj0U…
September is National Recovery Month & we are urging @NCLeg to commit their portion of the Opioid Settlement funds to expand evidence-based recovery support services. Read more from @healthandfaith Associate Director, Elizabeth Brewington: ncchurches.org/2021/…
Today, 200+ CSOs from over 40 countries are calling on world leaders to end international public finance for coal, oil & gas and shift this money to clean energy and a just energy transition. Read the statement: priceofoil.org/cso-s… #HLDE2021 #StopFundingFossils pic.twitter.com/OAJs…
RT @Fridays4future A successful @COP26 prioritizes those who are most impacted by the #climateemergency. On @LossandDamage Awareness Day, we push for a #LossandDamage fund at #COP26 and fight for the #WorldWeWant - a safer and more equitable world. Take action👉 climatenetwork.org/w…
RT @WECAN_INTL While the #UNGA is in session, we are joining 120+ organizations to deliver an urgent message to governments and financial institutions - Climate Justice Now! We can and must take immediate action to address the #ClimateCrisis. Read the full CTA: bit.ly/3i2UA69 pic.twitter.com/hA9q…
RT @cleanAIREnc We need your help supporting maternal and child health from climate impacts. Call on North Carolina’s Federal Delegation to enact climate legislation that will protect the health of pregnant moms and future generations of North Carolinians. bit.ly/ProtectMatern… #ClimateAction