Mass IWJ March Monthly Meeting 3/23

Joyce , Alan, Fr. Phil, Sarah, Norm, Estelle, Andrew, Jeb, Dahlida

Note taker: Andrew

  1. Faith and Labor Breakfast
    1. Date discussed
      1. First week of June?
      2. Settled for June 7
    2. 8:30-10:30
    3. Location: 32BJ SEIU (26 West St)
    4. Breakfast will highlight some campaigns
      1. 32BJ Airport workers sexual harassment campaign
      2. Poor People’s Campaign
    5. Discussion of selling tickets/tables
      1. Proposed: $50 per ticket, $350 per table
      2. Settled on $45 per ticket and $350 per table
  2. Campaign Reports
    1. Raise Up
      1. Held successful Boston area community briefing this past Tuesday
      2. Next grassroots meeting on April 3, 11-1
      3. Ongoing negotiations with business lobby
        1. Business lobby is looking for carve outs: sub-minimum wage for teens, exemption or opt-out from family and medical leave for small businesses
        2. Raise Up negotiating team includes:
          1. Beth Huang (MA Voter Table)
          2. Lew Finfer (MCAN)
          3. Deb Festino (Social Justice Action)
          4. Representatives from 1199 SEIU, SEIU 509, and UFCW 1445
      4. Hub dialer/phonebanking
        1. JWJ/IWJ hosting “empanada Thursday” phonebanks
          1. Next one is on 3/29, 5:30-7:30 @ JWJ Office (633 Centre St. Jamaica Plain)
          2. IWJ members plan to attend together on April 19
      5. May 8th: lobby day at state house (morre details to come)
    2. LiTP Reports
      1. St. Mary of the Assumption (4/8, 11:30) School Cafeteria, 5 Linden Pl, Brookline 02445
      2. Community Church of Boston, Sun. 5/7, @11 AM 565 Boylston St.
      3. First Baptist Church, Sun. 6/10 @ 11am, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
  3. Solidarity Reports and Updates
    1. MNA: Morton Hospital in Taunton is closing its maternity ward. More info to come
    2. Moral Movement/Poor People’s Campaign
      1. Statewide Meeting, Sat. 4/7 @10am (location to come)
      2. Weekly Webinars on Sunday @7:30 PM
    3. Labor Guild
      1. Faith and Social Justice Workshop upcoming, May 24th, 6:30 PM, at the RCAB Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree
    4. Jewish Labor Committee
      1. Labor Seder Dinner Sun. 3/25, 4-7:30 Temple Israel, 577 Longwood Ave, Boston
    5. 32BJ SEIU
      1. Airport Workers creative action planning meeting, April 5, 10-11:30
    6. Jobs With Justice
      1. JWJ Dinner, RSVP, Thursday 4/12, 6-9 PM
      2. Sister Tess and CIW/NFWM
        1. CIW did a fast in protest of Wendy’s, from a Sunday to Thursday in mid-march
        2. CIW is also boycotting Vue electronic cigarettes (sold by Reynold’s Tobacco Company)
    7. SEIU 509
      1. Requested IWJ sign on to letter supporting a new home health care worker organizing campaign
  4. Group Discussion: memberships
    1. Defining membership types?
    2. Difficulty of finding social justice oriented churches to work with
    3. Requesting more official “partnerships with chuch’s and orgs, listing them on IWJ Website
    4. Discussion of organizational dues-paying memberships
  5. Next Meetings
    1. Tuesday April 24
    2. Wednesday May 23
    3. Tuesday June 19

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