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New Social Compact: Intersections of Economic, Political, and Religious Democracy - Shared screen with speaker view
Joerg Rieger
17:01
KB Brower is the Organizing Director for Bargaining for the Common Good, and a fellow at the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers. After organizing alongside janitors on her college campus, she got her start in the labor movement with SEIU 1199 New England, and then made her way back to college organizing as Domestic Campaigns Director for United Students Against Sweatshops. After her term ended with USAS, she began work with AFSCME 3299 where she learned what’s possible when unions and community partners team up to run common good campaigns. She most recently moved back to her hometown of Philly where she organized with the PA nurses union, and where she has worked with the AFGE to create an organizing program with locals around the country. Following a call to deepen her spiritual relationship to social justice, KB recently is a student Union Theological Seminary in New York, and is pursuing ordination. https://www.bargainingforthecommongood.org/staff/
Joerg Rieger
18:26
Francisco García is a PhD Student in Theological Studies, Ethics and Action at Vanderbilt University in the Graduate Department of Religion, and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He also serves part-time as an Assistant Chaplain at St. Augustine's Episcopal Chapel in Nashville. As an Episcopal priest, labor and community organizer, Francisco’s work over the last ten years has centered around congregation-based ministry and interfaith community organizing around immigrant rights, housing rights, and racial and economic justice issues in the greater Los Angeles region. His doctoral research project entails developing theologies and ecclesiologies rooted in the organizing, social movement, and liberative faith traditions, in order to better equip communities of faith to address the pressing justice issues of our time. https://www.religionandjustice.org/all-leadership
Joerg Rieger
20:06
Chaumtoli Huq is an Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and the founder/Editor of an innovative law and media non-profit focused on law and social justice called Law@theMargins. Her expertise lies in labor and employment, and human rights. Professor Huq has devoted her professional career to public service focusing on issues impacting low-income New Yorkers. In 2014, she was appointed as the General Counsel for Litigation for the New York City Office of the Public Advocate, becoming then the highest-ranking Bangladeshi-American in New York City government, for which she received a New American Heroes award from the New American Leaders Project. Along with holding leadership roles at Legal Services of NYC and MFY Legal Services, she also served as Director of the first South Asian Workers’ Rights Project at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, and has served Community Board 7 for the Upper West Side.
Joerg Rieger
20:53
https://www.law.cuny.edu/faculty/directory/chaumtoli-huq/
Chaumtoli Huq
21:10
Lal Salaam
Joerg Rieger
21:28
Pamela Lightsey currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and Associate Professor of Constructive Theology. Dr. Lightsey is a womanist theologian who has lectured at schools within and outside thecontinental United States. As an activist, Lightsey has worked within the LGBTQ community to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell military policy, and to ensure marriage equality. She was on the ground protesting against excessive police force during the first 21 days of unrest in Ferguson and across one year was one of several livestreamers providing ongoing broadcasts. Her workis the largest video archive on this historic time captured live by a solo African Americantheologian in the country. She currently serves as a member of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Advisory Council on LGBTQ+ issues. Her publications include the book Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Wipf and Stock, 2015),
Joerg Rieger
22:31
Joerg Rieger is Distinguished Professor of Theology, Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies, and Director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt University. He is also Founding Director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice. Rieger is the author and editor of 24 books and more than 170 academic articles. My work brings together the study of theology and of the movements for liberation and justice that mark our age, with a focus on matters of labor and worker cooperatives. One of my books on religion and labor is titled: Unified We are a Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities (co-authored with Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, 2016). https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/people/bio/joerg-rieger
Joerg Rieger
22:47
Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice Program at Vanderbilt focuses on matters of economic and ecological justice, informed by intersectional relations along the lines of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The program works closely with labor unions, worker cooperatives, and communities of all faiths. It provides both popular education and academic research, Through strategic partnerships between the academy, religious communities, social movements, and the broader public, the Wendland-Cook Program aims to inform and support the work of those dedicated to justice and deep solidarity. www.religionandjustice.org
Chaumtoli Huq
22:56
Here is a link to my documentary on Bangladesh garment workers called Workers Voices. https://vimeo.com/214163891
Maria
24:40
Maria Diamonte, Rutgers, PhD candiate
Maria
24:50
candidate
James Benton
25:08
James Benton, Kalmanovitz Initative, Georgetown University
victor forberger
25:20
Victor Forberger, Wisconsin attorney heavily involved in unemployment crisis in Wisconsin -- https://wisconsinui.wordpress.com/
Patti Devlin, LIUNA
27:10
Good Afternoon All. I am Patti Devlin with LIUNA and the Catholic Labor Network.
Adam Shah (he/him)
29:02
I am Adam Shah, Policy Director at Jobs With Justice
Joerg Rieger
30:41
Wendland-Cook webinar on religion and labor: https://www.religionandjustice.org/labor-and-religion
Maria
35:41
Speaking for myself, and I am in the northeast, Americans do not like religion mixed with politics or anything related to politics
Joerg Rieger
36:46
Isn’t religion always connected, even when not admitting it?
Francisco Garcia
37:07
The global context is key, Chaumtoli
Maria
38:45
We do not want to go to church and hear political talk
Francisco Garcia
39:39
I would argue that the same understanding of wealth is present in ancient Christian traditions, but it has been removed by the imperial tradition of Christianity. You cannot serve God and Mammon.
Joerg Rieger
42:01
Joerg Rieger and Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, Unified We Are a Force: How Faith and Labor Caan Overcome America’s Inequalities (2016), https://chalicepress.com/products/unified-we-are-a-force
Chaumtoli Huq
42:13
Absolutely. Catholic Worker Tradition. Preference for poor
KB Brower
43:55
I love this concept of people’s inherent worth that Chaumtoli shared — that we are sufficient. such an affront to the way capitalism commodifies people and the earth!
Francisco Garcia
46:33
Human dignity has to be the litmus test for our economic systems
Francisco Garcia
48:33
Thank you Pamela for lifting up this organic integration and everydayness of religion
Chaumtoli Huq
51:33
Pamela: Appreciate the organic link of faith and labor is true in Islam as well.
James Benton
51:50
A quick reminder that your questions are welcome for the Q & A session to follow! Please enter them in the chat function at the bottom of your screen.
Francisco Garcia
53:22
Yes, Pamela, resonates with the experience of organizing in the immigrant/Chican@/x organizing with the farmworkers movement, and in others
Pamela Lightsey @OneNabi
54:06
Chaumtoli, thank you. And, I would also say the link is deep for Black people with Islam more than some even consider since so many of our ancestors were Muslims.Some of the traditions of Islam blended into our spiritual practices of Black people in ways we do not often lift up.
Joerg Rieger
56:17
Interreligious solidarity!
Joerg Rieger
57:07
Here is a blog series on a new book, titled Faith, Class, and Labor: https://www.religionandjustice.org/interventions-forum-faith-class-and-labor
Patti Devlin, LIUNA
59:34
BUILD had a profound impact on me personally when I organized with AFSCME in Baltimore. It was my first exposure to faith leaders standing up with workers.
Francisco Garcia
01:00:58
Here’s a link to CLUE: https://www.cluejustice.org
Francisco Garcia
01:04:47
Labor can definitely do better. In Los Angeles the interfaith organizing tradition is strong, and, more can definitely be done!
Joerg Rieger
01:10:14
The book Faith, Class, and Labor can be found here: https://wipfandstock.com/9781725257160/faith-class-and-labor/?mc_cid=146a3611fc&mc_eid=7f8a8e4cf8
Chaumtoli Huq
01:10:20
Absolutely. I am inspired by CLUE. https://www.cluejustice.org/
Joerg Rieger
01:12:07
God as worker rather than as boss—deep theological questions that we’re also investigating at the Wendland-Cook Program at Vanderbilt.
Chaumtoli Huq
01:12:23
That is so beautiful Pamela. God as creator, laborer!
Francisco Garcia
01:13:12
I think what we can talk more about how a labor consciousness or a class consciousness can enter into faith/religious communities and contexts. Churches are full of workers, but also bosses, and people who just think they’re middle class. How do we examine this and build an organizing program?
Francisco Garcia
01:14:05
Amen to that
Adam Shah (he/him)
01:17:53
Yes, a similar top-down problem is the tokenization problem: An organizing campaign or another progressive campaign saying "we need a member of the clergy to speak at our event."How can the secular labor movement and the religious labor movement work together better?
Patti Devlin, LIUNA
01:18:53
KB is referencing what is known as comprehensive chari
Patti Devlin, LIUNA
01:19:59
Oops. comprehensive charting to understand workers holistically--where workers live, where they are engaged in their communities, where their children go to school.
Patti Devlin, LIUNA
01:20:55
Me too KB!
Joseph McCartin
01:21:13
Great story, KB!
Chaumtoli Huq
01:21:43
Patti, Is there any reading on comprehensive charting. Sounds helpful.
Francisco Garcia
01:21:51
Yep - honoring human dignity and the dignity of labor is not separate from our faith. It is our faith.
Patti Devlin, LIUNA
01:23:58
Chaumtoli, I will have to find it! Feel free to reach out to me at pdevlin@liuna.org
KB Brower
01:24:54
I can definitely send over comprehensive charting materials!
Joerg Rieger
01:30:35
Here is a short piece on deep solidarity: https://www.religionandjustice.org/blog//this-changes-everything-deep-solidarity-goes-beyond-charity-and-advocacy-to-create-real-change
Maria
01:33:34
To change this system, Wall Street would have to be dismantled
Chaumtoli Huq
01:37:55
States are trying to criminalize and penalize protest. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/us/politics/republican-anti-protest-laws.html
Francisco Garcia
01:38:32
TN where I am located is doing it as we speak.
Maria
01:38:59
NY Times?? Not known for being truthful. Look at reporting on Georgia law
Francisco Garcia
01:39:02
Also pushing through anti-union anti-worker legislation.
James Benton
01:40:41
Don’t forget the upcoming panel sessions beginning at 1:45!1:45pm - 3:15pm EDTThe Future of Work: Lessons from Organizing Rideshare Drivers and the Politics of the Gig Economy in California, join this panel session.• https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/93080050196Workshop: Democratizing Budgets to Center Care, join this panel session.• https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/99384021642Worker-Driven Social Responsibility and Co-Enforcement: Innovative Models for Enforcing Workplace Standards in a 21st Century Social Compact, join this panel session.• https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/99855584787Queering Social Reproduction: Start-Up Capitalism, Family Leave, and Robotic Labor, join this panel session.• https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/96248487882
James Benton
01:42:40
Our closing session, Building Toward a New Social Compact, begins at 3:30.3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT• https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/97314738048• Mary Kay Henry, President, SEIU• Lauren Jacobs, Executive Director, Partnership for Working Families• Rev. Alvin Herring, Executive Director, Faith In Action• Thomas Kochan, Professor, Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research• Moderated by Ruth Milkman, Distinguished Professorof Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies at the City University of NY
Adam Shah (he/him)
01:43:29
Thank you all!
KB Brower
01:44:03
oh gosh sorry Francisco to only leave you with one minute, I got too emotional and lost time!!!
Maria
01:44:49
Do panelists agree that Catholic church should announce that the church wants to excommunicate Biden due to his views on abortion?
Pamela Lightsey @OneNabi
01:45:06
It has been good to meet you all. Bless you and your work in this movement.
Joerg Rieger
01:45:13
Thanks everyone!
Chaumtoli Huq
01:45:44
Thank you Joerg for convening us and so wonderful to be connected to you all
Patti Devlin, LIUNA
01:46:27
Thank you all, my sisters and brothers, for this panel.
KB Brower
01:46:52
So great to be with this amazing group!!
Francisco Garcia
01:46:57
Thanks friends! Great conversation!