Copy
View this email in your browser
BY GUTHRIE GRAVES-FITZSIMMONS

May 4, 2019

We need your help in spreading the word about the Resistance Prays. Like what you're reading? Send this to a friend. If someone forwarded it to you, sign up here to have the next issue delivered to your inbox.
As president, Trump has stocked his cabinet with corporate lobbyists and governed for the one percent. He's never cared about working people or unions before he became president, and hasn't championed their interests as president.
An interactive story from the New York Times explores a GM manufacturing plant shutting down in Ohio. "People in the valley take immense pride in their automaking heritage... After decades of industrial job losses, the Mahoning valley’s fate has become a national political issue. Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign relied heavily on the promise of restoring those jobs, a message that helped him win Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania." 
“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning."
Leviticus 19:13
I urge you to read today's story about a unionized GM plant closing in Ohio. "Thank God my dad was lucky enough to spend 35 years at Lordstown," Jonathan Achey Jr. tells the New York Times. "He bought a house a couple of miles away from where he grew up, where my grandparents lived. And I loved the fact that, when I was a kid, it took us not even 10 minutes to go to the place where my dad grew up.. My whole life has been General Motors. I have 28 years invested in the company that is doing this to me. I understand it’s a business, and they have to make decisions when it comes to business. If this is what they feel they have to do, then I’ll have to accept it. But it’s hard when you see money going to other places, when you see C.E.O.s making the money they’re making. Do I feel like I got slapped in the face? Absolutely. It definitely feels like a smack in the face. But am I going to let that determine who I am after 45 years? No, I’m not. I’m not. I can’t, and I won’t."

Trump somehow managed to portray himself as a champion of the midwestern worker facing uncertainty about the future of manufacturing in America. He promised them that the plant would reopen and their jobs would be safe. It was a cruel lie. We knew Trump spent his entire career exploiting workers — including undocumented workers at his golf resorts. (Read this excellent Washington Post report: "At Trump golf course, undocumented employees said they were sometimes told to work extra hours without pay.") As president, Trump has stocked his cabinet with corporate lobbyists and governed for the one percent. He's never cared about working people or unions before he became president, and hasn't championed their interests as president.

Our changing economy comes at great expense to people who have spent their entire lives -- and many times, generations -- working in industries that are severely declining, mostly due to automation. It's our duty as progressive people of faith to stand in solidarity with all working people, and we do that by supporting the labor movement. Just this week, "10,000 South Carolina Teachers Rally for Union Rights and Livable Wages." 

Dave Green, President of Local 1112 of the United Auto Workers, told the New York Times: "Unions aren’t just about making more money. It’s about having a seat at the table. It’s about having the ability to talk to your employer and be respected, having some dignity in work, having some dignity and respect in what you do.

There's a long history of Christians supporting the labor movement and the dignity of work. We need to double down on that strategy and call out Trump's lies, not because it's good politics in Ohio and Pennsylvania and Michigan, but because it's about working towards the just world God calls us to co-create.
Join the fight for good jobs and a just economy with Working America. 
There's a long tradition of the Catholic Church supporting workers rights. Here's a prayer from their tradition:

Creator God,
thank you for providing us
with the gift to share our talents.

Provide our community, our nation, our world
the fortitude to provide work for all
which is decent and fair.

Make us faithful stewards
    of your creation
    to enhance the human dignity
    of our global family.

We ask this in the name of Jesus,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit
now and forever.

Amen

(From Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice, USCCB, April 1998)
Support Us On Patreon
Share
Tweet
Forward
Copyright © 2019 The Resistance Prays, All rights reserved.