Economic Justice Subcommittee
Articulate, Advocate, and Act
As an arm of the Justice & Peace Committee of St. Ignatius Catholic Community, we are dedicated to the service of faith and the promotion of justice.
We are called and challenged to articulate, advocate, and act upon critical social, economic, cultural, and political issues that affect us, our city, and our world. We are also called to be a resource to provide parishioners with opportunities to live out their faith through justice. The Committee aims to address the challenges that affect the work of justice in our community. The values of our Church teachings direct our efforts to work for peace and justice. As such we:
- Advocate for paid sick leave for Maryland workers in the community
- Mobilize fellow parishioners around issues of economic justice
- Persuade legislators to pass paid sick leave legislation during the Legislative Session
- Reach out to the St. Ignatius Community and beyond to engage in discussion and determine a course of action on issues of economic policy
One of our goals is to deepen our understanding of the principles of Catholic social teaching and then, through word and action, help to 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.
The articles and podcasts provide information on the upcoming election, and how COVID-19 is affecting voting.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 2nd Presidential Primary election will be conducted by mail, with limited options to vote in person on Election Day. Early voting is not available. The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday, May 27th. Learn more and register to vote online here.
Gov. Larry Hogan moved the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries to June 2nd due to the coronavirus. Find out where the candidates stand on important issues here.
This podcast takes “small bites at big issues to help you understand something most people should, but probably don’t: voting”.
People living in Baltimore will vote in mayoral primary next month and a new poll says “it’s a three way tie.”
“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.
Check out this podcast about voting during a global pandemic.
Did you catch Gov. Larry Hogan and Trevor Noah’s discussion? Trevor praises Gov. Hogan as one of the state governors being most proactive amidst COVID-19.
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.
The United States is a rich country, and yet, the average American does not share in the wealth. Since 1970, wages of American workers have stagnated while our economic growth has soared. Almost all of the gains from that growth have gone to the top 10% of Americans, most specifically, the top 1%.
At St. Ignatius Catholic Church, we believe Voting is An Act of Love.
This election season, we are teaming up with the Ignatian Solidarity Network,
and When We All Vote, a non-profit, non-partisan organization on a mission to increase participation in every election and
close the race and age voting gap.
More than 15,000 Baltimore workers employed in area hotels, casinos, restaurants and sports arenas have been laid off, through no fault of their own, due to the pandemic. After huddling with furloughed workers and union representatives on October 6, representatives from 9 Baltimore City parishes called on Mayor Bernard Young to sign legislation guaranteeing their “right to recall” when these businesses reopen.
The coronavirus pandemic is shaping the conversation about the need for paid family leave. And it’s also giving states like Virginia new momentum to focus on existing paid family leave campaigns.
With enormous attention focused—understandably—on the outcome of the presidential and congressional races on November 3, it’s easy to forget that voters also decided on nearly 6,000 state legislative races and a host of ballot measures in states and localities, including many with important implications for workers, economic justice, racial equity, and the fight against climate change.