Social Justice – Opportunities to Act 9.2.18

On this Labor Day weekend, and in honor of all those who work and so many who barely scrape by, we offer an abbreviated Update. There is much to do with social justice, but it is also important to rest, share time with family and friends, and remember what Labor Day is all about.

We’ll be back with a regular, full issue next Sunday, but in honor of our labor movement that has worked to provide fair wages for all, here is a Pete Seeger song from the ’50’s. The struggle for fair wages has been going on for a long time, and as heard and seen today at Jubilee!, the fight continues.

Happy Labor Day!

Fair Wages 

This coming Thursday, September 6th, starting at 5:30 pm, at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village, the “love letters” that so many of you (and others) signed will be distributed to low wage workers. Here are details on Facebook.

Mark your calendars for the evening of September 20th for a Fair Wages forum and a free interactive workshop “Trying to Get By”. The evening will begin at 5:45 pm with a light dinner with the Fair Wages forum starting at 6 pm. The Jubilee! Community, Just Economics, and the Western Regional Coalition of Raising Wages NC are sponsoring the event at Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street (enter on Wall Street). Learn more about the struggles of living on a low income and how we can work together to help our neighbors. RSVP please to Michael at [email protected] or text him at 828-575-7963.

As always, you can support businesses and organizations who pay a living wage. Here is the list of Certified Living Wage Employers in WNC broken down by type of business.

This year’s November election is 65 days from today, and early voting starts in only 40 days. Our voting table in the Hospitality Room starts next Sunday and every Sunday thereafter until the November election.
  1. Gerrymandering: Learn what redistricting reform looks like on the ground by attending a FREE  program in Asheville. Come Thursday, September 6th, starting at 9:30 am. For more details and to RSVP, go here.
  2. In response to the 6 constitutional amendments proposed for the ballot, gerrymandering and other issues, there has been a lot of court litigation. The NC Policy Watch offers an update here.
  3. Want to know about voting events, activities, forums and workshops? Check out the Buncombe/WNC Voter Engagement Coalition’s calendar that lists events, activities, candidate forums and workshops to help one navigate voting. We encourage you to check this out on a regular basis.
If you are interested in additional opportunities on this issue, check here.

Environment & Earth Team
The Social Justice Team encourages our members who are interested in and passionate about the environment to connect with the Earth Team.  Contact Chas Jansen to express your interest.

Racial Justice
The YWCA offers monthly racial justice workshops on the second Tuesday of every month around the lunch hour. The next one is September 11th.  I have attended the workshop and learned a lot about myself and Asheville. All are welcome but are asked to RSVP by visiting the link above and clicking on the “Click Here to Sign Up” button.

Immigrant Rights
Interested in helping on this issue? Go here to complete an online form offered through the WNC Sanctuary Movement. This is the best way for you to be connected, especially around sanctuary.

Quote of the Week

In this time when there is so much that can make us angry and afraid, these words from Pope Paul VI seem so relevant in connecting with the work that we are trying to do through this team:

“If you want peace, work for justice.”