Chicago's faith leaders joined forces to push back against privatization and the loss of public sector jobs.
Drawing on our sacred Scriptures which inform us that all people are created in the image of God, thereby deserving of dignity, we believe all working people need wages and benefits that will sustain them and their families. We further believe that it is in the best interest of a community to have its public-sector jobs held under the auspices of the community, not an outside contractor who too often stands to profit by exploiting the workforce and offering sub-standard services.
The great City of Chicago has witnessed a growing number of government jobs being handed over to the private sector in order to “cut expenses.” However, the decision-making process has not been transparent and there was no opportunity for public review of the private contracts. These decisions have far-reaching consequences and need to be brought into the light of public scrutiny and debate.
In an interview released Thursday, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church has gotten itself wrapped up in "small things, in small-minded rules", when it comes to the church's hard-line aversion to homosexuality, contraception and abortion. If the church does not change its ways, the Pope says, "the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards."
"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods," the Pope added. “But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”
An anti-abortion group that operates an ultrasound bus for pregnant women can continue parking its mobile service unit in Elgin now that a federal judge has found the city's zoning law unconstitutional.
The following was written by Amy B. Dean, a fellow at The Century Foundation and co-author of 'A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement', for Truthout.
In major urban centers, car washing is an industry that relies on
full-time labor. Like many other low-wage jobs in the American service
economy, the workers who perform this labor are mainly adults with
families to support, and they are often recent immigrants. Once
considered unorganizable, the "carwasheros" (as the carwash employees
call themselves) are now standing up. They are demanding to be taken
seriously as employees who shouldn't be expected to survive on a
teenager's summer salary.
African-American faith-based leaders from across Illinois called on
state legislators to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $10.65 an hour
at a press conference in Chicago Wednesday.
The leaders urged their elected officials to support Senate Bill 68,
which would gradually increase the minimum wage until it reaches $10.65
and go up with the cost of living each year thereafter.
Miles (pictured), senior pastor of Greater Walters AME Zion Church, said raising
the minimum wage could help curb the senseless violence that’s taken the
lives of too many individuals in his community.
seen individuals turn to illegal and violent activities simply because
they are unable to pay their rent, to provide their children with basic
food and clothing,” he said Wednesday at the Trinity United Church of
“No full-time worker in this state of Illinois should earn less than $17,000 a year.”
The uproar over a proposal to build an Islamic center (including a mosque) near the site of ground zero in New York City has to be one of the most infuriating political controversies in recent memory. As Republicans have fought to keep the facility from being built -- and as President Obama has stuck his neck out in favor of the plan -- many Democrats have remained silent. Thankfully, Illinois' own Alexi Giannoulias isn't one of them. "Are we going to talk about tolerance, talk about freedom of religion or
are we actually going to practice it?" he