Purpose and Practices


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.

Contact Information

Terry Cavanagh
Economic Justice Subcommittee Chair

Justice & Peace Meetings

The Justice & Peace Committee generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. Click here for compete information.

Current Project

The Fight for $15 Maryland Coalition calls on Maryland to stand up for hard-working people and raise the minimum wage to $15.


The fight for the $15 minimum wage is a global movement in over 300 cities on six continents. The movement began in 2012 and consists of fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees – and underpaid workers everywhere.

Low-wage employers such as McDonald’s make billions of dollars in profit and push off costs onto taxpayers, while leaving their workers struggling to survive. The workers fought back, and have already won raises for 22 million people across the country.

But the fight continues–especially in our city and our state. Want to get involved? Contact us for more information.



United Workers

Come & Celebrate – We Funded the Trust!

This year has been a big one for Affordable Housing in Baltimore. Our city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF, for short) was created in November 2016, established with the support of 83% of Baltimore voters. For almost two years it sat empty. Though our public officials committed to and even campaigned on dedicating $20 million every year to create and maintain affordable housing for us, they did not act.

Community members across the city were ready to take charge and #FundTheTrust. We claimed space in our city’s budget process and demanded the right to participate. We went to the budget office, the planning commission, the board of estimates — we demanded to be heard. When the budget was finalized, $2 Million was dedicated to the trust while $10 Million was dedicated to city computer upgrades. “Where are our city’s priorities?” we asked. READ MORE

The New York Times

The Catholic Labor Network

Georgetown, Grad Student Union Set Aside Legal Fight, Opt for New Labor Relations Model
For some time, it has looked like the Georgetown University administration and its graduate student teaching and research assistants were headed for a legal showdown at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). READ MORE

The Nation

The Rev. William Barber Is Bringing MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Back to Life
Barber is stepping down from his post at the North Carolina NAACP to lead what he calls a “national moral revival. READ MORE


Montgomery Co. signs $15 minimum wage bill; effort takes aim at Md. state leaders
ROCKVILLE, Md. — The mood was joyous as lawmakers, advocates and impacted workers gathered Monday for the bill signing making a $15 minimum wage the law in Montgomery County, Maryland. READ MORE

Washington Post

Montgomery County will not pay for flawed minimum-wage study
Montgomery County and a consulting firm it hired have mutually agreed that the county will not pay for a $149,000 flawed study that overestimated the number of jobs lost if the minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour. READ MORE


Target Is Raising Its Minimum Wage and Is Making a Big Pledge for 2020
Target (TGT, -0.57%) is raising its starting wage for the third time in three years as it looks to motivate and hang on to store workers at a time of more intense competition for quality employees. READ MORE

Economic Policy Institute

University of Washington analysis of Seattle minimum wage increase is fundamentally flawed
A new study of Seattle’s minimum wage increase by researchers at the University of Washington (UW) suffers from a number of data and methodological problems that undermine and cast doubt on its conclusions. READ MORE


This Is How Many Americans Will See a $15 Minimum Wage By 2022
Montgomery County and a consulting firm it hired have mutually agreed that the county will not pay for a $149,000 flawed study that overestimated the number of jobs lost if the minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour. READ MORE