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Event:Join a Circle of Protection on Nov. 16: Standing For and With the Poor

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
James 2: 14-17

Friendly Hands Ministers @ FPWA 2011 Lobby Day

At 12 noon on Nov. 16,  faith, community and non-profit leaders in New York City will come together for an hour of prayer and action, in the hope of creating a “circle of protection” around Friendly Hands Ministries.

Friendly Hands is a faith-based organization founded by Latino/a clergy to serve New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood through a feeding program, job training, childcare, health care referrals and legal advocacy for immigrants.

Many of the clergy who work with Friendly Hands are Pentecostal and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to take action in their community. In addition to providing direct services the leadership of Friendly Hands has undergone faith-based advocacy training and lobbied in New York’s state capital on behalf of their community. This organization is moving from charity to justice and having a powerful impact in East Harlem.

As we pray for Friendly Hands (which depends on federal EFSP funding from FEMA for it’s feeding program), we will also pray for all the non-profits and human services agencies throughout New York City and our nation that will be directly affected by the Congressional Super Committee and appropriations processes as our lawmakers decide which federal funding to cut and which to preserve.

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Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights PASSES in NY State!!!

Today the NY State Assembly finally passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights:

“It will mean that we will have protection, that the work we do will be recognized,” said Patricia Francois, 51, who left her job as a nanny a year and a half ago because, she said, her employer beat her. “We take care of the sick,” Ms. Francois said. “We take care of the elderly. We take care of their worldly goods.”

MANY congratulations and blessings to the domestic workers of NY, especially those from Domestic Workers United who were the driving political and moral force behind this bill’s passage!

ESPN chooses peak season to close, leaving workers shut out by United Workers

ESPN Zone closed in New York, D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore without giving workers proper notice. Disney owns ESPN Zone and treated workers as disposable. In certain cities workers showed up to a close restaurant and in Baltimore workers found out a week before the closing only because of a news leak and facebook status. They are leading the fight for fair development, which respects human rights, maximizes public benefits and is sustainable.  The following blog piece was written by United Worker summer organizers based on what they learned in the field. In the next few days former ESPN Zone workers will release a statement and more action is to follow.

ESPN Zone Closings

“We are not a flash mob.”

Philly teens organize.  RIGHT ON.