Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Advocacy

Economic Justice

In challenging times, it is important that we firmly establish economic justice as an ethical principle in our decision making. Through its support of the Millennium Development Goals, the Episcopal Church has committed itself to aid in the fight to eradicate extreme global poverty by the year 2015. The Economic Justice Loan Committee provides loans to communities for low cost housing, small-business development, childcare programs and establishing credit unions. Dioceses, parishes and individuals are also encouraged to be involved in their own communities to help build a more economically just society.

Working together for justice.

[11/18/2011]  'Day of Action' marks 60 days of Occupy Wall Street
Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters and supporters, including an interfaith contingent, converged on lower Manhattan Nov. 17 for a Day of Action, marking the two-month anniversary of the birth of the worldwide nonviolent protest movement against economic inequality.

[11/16/2011]  Faith leaders support 'occupiers' in various ways as 99 Percent Movement grows and shifts
As the worldwide protest movement against economic injustice that started with Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in New York enters its second month, participants and their supporters in the religious community are regrouping in some locations after police evicted them from encampments this week while faith leaders continue to provide material and spiritual assistance to "occupations" in many cities

[11/15/2011]  Episcopal clergy continue support following Occupy Wall Street camp breakup in New York
As Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors regrouped after New York police ousted them in a pre-dawn Nov. 15 raid from the movement's original encampment in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, Episcopal clergy and other interfaith leaders in New York continued their support and planned for the future. Efforts included trying to secure meeting space for protestors and lining up shelter for occupiers if they are not allowed to camp in the park

[10/25/2011]  Clergy, laity support nonviolent protests at Occupy Wall Street
In the early stages of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the Rev. Michael Sniffen and some clergy colleagues from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island traveled to Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to observe what was happening. He's returned regularly since, talking to protestors and offering pastoral care.

[10/19/2011]  Fighting for land, environmental protection in Brazil
Araides Duarte da Luz grew up in a migrant-worker family, living wherever anyone offered them a place. His wife, Marilene Hammel, grew up on a farm her family was forced to sell during Brazil's "green revolution."

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