Interfaith Worker Justice

FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities is affiliated with the National Interfaith Worker Justice program located in Chicago, Illinois.  This partnership and affiliation offers opportunities to connect faith leaders to other clergy who are focused on similar work around the country.

The Denver Metro Area Interfaith Worker Justice Committee (DMIWJ) is a group of faith leaders working to organize, educate, and advocate in unity with diverse faith traditions.  DMIWJ does this work around worker safety, worker justice, and shaping innovative policy solutions that support economic justice for marginalized communities.

This year, FRESC and the DMIWJ will focus primarily on, but are not limited to:

  • Fair Chance Campaign (“ Ban the Box”)
  • Careers for Low-Income People and People of Color
  • Affordable Housing
  • Minimum Wage

FRESC facilitates and works with the DMIWJ committee to provide clergy with professional development opportunities around current issues, both local and national. Development support includes:

  • Working with FRESC and other partners (i.e. worker centers, labor unions and nonprofits) to build meaningful faith and labor connection
  • Clergy Caucuses centered around racial justice
  • IWJ clergy facilitating and participating in coalition planning/action meetings
  • Quarterly interfaith networking and educational opportunities
  • Enhancing familiarity/advocacy with issues that may be prevalent amongst respective congregations

We are the proud Colorado affiliate of the national Interfaith Worker Justice network which has over 70 organizations around the country and has been fighting to forge links between faith and workplace justice since 1996.

If you’re a faith leader and are interested in joining THE DMIWJ committee, please contact FRESC Community Organizer, Shanta Farrington at 720-212-1221 or sfarrington@fresc.org.

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