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

The Justice & Peace Committee generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6 PM.

Contact

Terry Cavanagh
Economic Justice Subcommittee Chair
202-368-4814
tcavanagh@seiumddc.org

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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.

Resources

 

 Worker-led ‘Make Amazon Pay’ campaign calls on company to protect workers, pay taxes, and improve sustainability

 During this Advent and Christmas season, we remember those who labor, and continue to advocate alongside them for justice.

Study: Maryland’s small businesses are faring better than those in most states

“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.

 2020 election sees highest voter turnout in a century

More Americans cast ballots this year than they have in a century — and all the votes aren’t even counted yet.

 

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The HEROES Act

The HEROES Act

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