Economic Justice Subcommittee
Articulate, Advocate, and Act
We are dedicated to work to bring the Church’s social teaching on worker justice and the economy to fruition. Working as an arm of the Justice & Peace Committee of our St. Ignatius Catholic Community, we are called and challenged to articulate, advocate and act upon critical economic issues that affect our neighbors, families, and communities across our city, and our world. We are also called to be a resource to provide parishioners with opportunities to live out their faith through working for economic justice. As such we:
- Advocate for workers to receive fair wages for their labor, including support for the “Fight For $15 and a Union” campaign at the local and national level
- Mobilize fellow parishioners around issues of economic justice
- Advocate for elimination of disparities of opportunity for students and workers based on race, ethnicity, gender or income
- Engage with our community about the need for affordable housing.
- Work to eliminate health care disparities based on race, income, gender, or geography.
- Support workers right to organize into unions of their own choosing.
- Persuade legislators to pass “Right to Recall” legislation in Baltimore, so hospitality workers can return to family-supporting jobs
- Advocate for passage of “Time to Care” legislation in Annapolis, allowing workers to maintain a sustainable level of income while they are sick or caring for a family member.
One of our goals is to deepen our understanding of the principles of Catholic social teaching and then, through word and action, integrate these principles more fully into the life of our parish community.
Justice & Peace Meetings
Economic Justice DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
As the Justice & Peace Committee of the St. Ignatius Catholic Community, we wanted to provide resources for social justice education and action during social distancing. Although we can not come together to meet, our communities can take individual action through online education. We can take this time to dive into social justice issues that tug at our hearts and minds, and come out of this quarantine period ready to work together, renewed, for peace and justice.
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During this Advent and Christmas season, we remember those who labor, and continue to advocate alongside them for justice.
“The WalletHub study found that Maryland ranked 40th among 51 jurisdictions in terms of small businesses most affected due to the virus.” Read more about Maryland’s local economy here.
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Current Projects & Events
A hearing has been scheduled on 2/16 for House Bill 375, legislation that would establish a Family & Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program to be administered under the supervision of the Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division. The Maryland Chamber is very concerned that the implementation of this legislation will result in additional costs and administrative burden to employers, especially small businesses and non-profits, at a time when they can least afford it.
As we have been seeing, thousands of Maryland workers are suffering unemployment due to the pandemic, while thousands of other essential workers continue to serve us at risk of infection. Please join us for a short Zoom meeting on Tuesday 1/26 at 6:30pm for an update on both these bills and to strategize how to make our voices heard for worker justice in Annapolis.
The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which passed the House of Representatives on May 15th with bipartisan support, includes provisions that would help Maryland avoid additional layoffs and devastating cuts to services. Both Senator Van Hollen & Senator Cardin are in support of the HEROES Act, but we have an obligation to encourage others in our communities to work for justice.