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.
The Fight for $15 Maryland Coalition calls on Maryland to stand up for hard-
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.
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 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
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
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