This year’s conference theme is “Protecting Families from Economic Injustice on Long Island”. Workshops will reflect on the structural injustices impacting working families across Long Island and present opportunities for advocacy and movement building. See below for a full list of workshop descriptions and presenters!
Rough Conference Schedule (For Detailed Schedule click here)
Opening Plenary: Competing Visions of Economic Justice
The Biblical Vision of Economic Justice: A Call to Care, Compassion and Community: Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners Senior Director of Mobilizing
10am-11:10am Workshop Session A
Workshop 1: How To Preach about Social Justice … And Hold On to Your Congregation (Part 1)
Workshop 2: Income Inequality and Gender Inequality: Trends in the Suburban Family
Workshop 3: Long Island’s Segregated Schools: Tracking Some Children Into Economic Insecurity
Workshop 4: Messaging Workshop: How To Talk About Immigration Policies that Break Up Families and Deny Dreams
11:20am-12:30pm Workshop Session B
Workshop 5: How To Preach about Social Justice … And Hold On to Your Congregation (Part 2)
Workshop 6: Mass Incarceration of Minorities on Long Island: Locking Some People into Economic Insecurity
Workshop 7: Putting Families Last: Low Wage Jobs and the Lack of Public Transportation on Long Island
Workshop 8: Quality Child Care: An Economic Necessity for All; Available Only for Affluent Families
Closing Plenary: Economic Justice and America’s Families: A Call to Action
A 2015 JwJ Agenda Putting Families First: Anita Halasz Executive Director, LI Jobs with Justice
Income Inequality, Economic Injustice and America’s Families: Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners
Long Island Jobs with Justice is bringing Rev. Jim Wallis as our closing keynote speaker. He is the president and founder of Sojourners, a national Christian organization committed to faith in action for social justice. Rev. Wallis recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. Rev. Jim Wallis’ most recent books include: On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good; Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery; The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America; God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It.
Long Island Jobs with Justice is also bringing Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners’ senior director of mobilizing, lead a two-part workshop for clergy and congregational leaders on how to preach about social justice. Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice—an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. She has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health-care reform, poverty, racial justice, and transformational civic engagement. A flyer detailing her two-part workshop can be found below!
1) The Seven Economic Lies – Coping with the High Cost of Healthcare: We discuss how the economic lies that prevent the economy from working for working people
2) Public Employees Fight to Protect Union Job Titles – Long Island Jobs with Justice Update: Anita Halasz, executive director of Long Island Jobs with Justice tells us about the latest Long Island Jobs with Justice campaigns