Last week a friend and I visited the memorial dedicated to the miners who were killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster. The massive 48-foot granite structure with 29 ghostly silhouettes is a powerful tribute to the lost miners and to the industry that has been so dominant in the Appalachian region.
West Virginia stands at a crossroads, and the American Friends Service Committee is working hard to help create a plan for the future. The state is facing a natural gas boom similar to that of the coal industry in the last century. After 90 years of working in West Virginia, AFSC knows that shared prosperity and natural resources extraction don’t necessarily go hand in hand. How can the state beat the “resource curse”?
Chuck Collins, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good, has a new book, 99 to1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It. Chuck is a creative and engaging speaker on matters that may seem dry, and also commands a deep understanding of economic and policy issues. His visit to
The Commission for Witness and Action of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ will host a Legislative Advocacy Day to provide tools and information to faith-based activists interested in making their voices heard by New Hampshire policy makers. Issues include tax and education policy, immigrants rights, corporate influence. Trainers include Rev.
The Rev. Dr. Paul Sherry will lead an Interfaith Service for Economic Justice intended to lift up the moral teachings of multiple faith traditins that impel us to be instruments of economic justice. Rev. Sherry is former national President of the United Church of Christ and now serves as Policy Director for the Washington office of Interfaith Workers Justice. A reception will follow the service, and will be followed by a discussion of building closer alliances between the faith community and advocates for worker justice, including the labor movement.
Note: This guest blog post by David Hartsough and Wade Lee Hudson references Martin Luther King, Jr.'s nonviolence pledge as an inspiration for the Occupy Be the Change pledge. Quakers and others are invited to sign the pledge and participate in creating actions which arise from the sense that nonviolence is a pathway to obstructing systems of domination and creating a just world. - Lucy
I’ve seen many minutes from monthly and yearly meetings and other Quaker bodies on the Occupy movement go by posted on Facebook. It seems to me it would be great to have a place to post all of them, and to that end here is a spot for all Quaker minutes on the Occupy movement to be posted. I found this one from Britain Yearly Meeting to start this off, but if you know of others or helped to write one, please post here.
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