As I migrate my old blog to Wholeness4Love I am encouraged to see that certain injustices I have written about have been changed or are in the process of improving. Today at yet another City Hall Rally I commented to a co-worker that you know times are bad when you are at City Hall rallies every other week. Sometimes as a organizer I can get discouraged because each day it appears that our rights are being eroded more and more, but as I read past blog post I see God is faithful and that justice will prevail! For instance Domestic Workers United(DWU) helped to get a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights passed in 2010, through the organizing efforts of United Workers members and organizers the ESPN Zone workers are in a class action lawsuit and Smithfield Farms had to change their labor practices after a successful campaign for worker justice (see the blog post below). Though times are hard we have to remember that as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached: “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”
On Wednesday March 7, 2012 a delegation of grassroots, social service and advocacy organizations from across NYC and NY State converged on Albany for a Rally and Lobby Day for Economic Justice. Some of the issues that were being focused on were: the Welfare Grant Increase, Healthcare Reform, Childcare, CUNY & SUNY Scholarships for Foster Children, Job Training and Educational opportunities for welfare recipients, Tax Reform and other issues that benefit the 99% of New Yorkers. I attended with some of my co-workers and meet with legislators to speak on behalf of New York City’s faith community.
Prior to the lobby meetings we held a rally outside of the legislative chamber; this rally was led by high school and CUNY college students and as I walked by I noticed a man locking himself inside the chamber as if he was afraid of these young people, which proves we have more power than we think. See the rally article and video below: