Faith Presbyterian Church

Social and Environmental Justice Council

Mission Statement

The Social Justice and Environmental Council of Faith Church seeks opportunities for our congregation to promote and support initiatives to reduce the violence in our city, lift our neighbors out of poverty, and improve the health and well-being of all the citizens in our community.

Current Issues:

Healthy Working Families Act (HB1)

 would require businesses with more than 15 employees to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.  The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill in its 2017 session but Governor Hogan has said he will veto it.  There are enough votes to override the veto but it may have to wait until the 2018 session.  For more information supporting the bill, go to: http://www.publicjustice.org/uploads/file/pdf/Fact_Sheet_Healthy_Working_Families_Act_2015.pdf

Oil and Natural Gas – Hydraulic Fracturing – Prohibition (HB1325, SB740) 

would prohibit hydraulic fracturing in the State of Maryland.  This bill has passed and was signed into law by Governor Hogan.

20/20 Vision for Baltimore:

a plan to promote affordable housing in Baltimore City.  Read about it here:  http://www.unitedworkers.org/united_not_blighted_take_action_to_save_our_city?utm_campaign=oaktreehearing&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedworkers and sign the petition to support it here:  http://www.unitedworkers.org/united_not_blighted_take_action_to_save_our_city

ALICE

report by United Way describes the difficulty low-income working citizens have making ends meet.  ALICE stands for Asset limited, income-constrained, working.  The complete report can be found at:  http://www.uwcm.org/main/alice/

Find your Maryland General Assembly representatives here:

http://mdelect.net/

Find your Baltimore City council district:

http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/PDF_Files/council_districts.pdf

Find your city councilperson:

http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/members.htm

 

Organizations doing social justice work in Baltimore

  • Advocates for Children and Youth  works to improve the lives of Maryland’s children through policy change and program improvement.
  • Job Opportunities Task Force develops and advocates policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income workers and job seekers.
  • Public Justice Center advocates for Maryland’s low-income people in the courts, legislatures, government agencies, and through public education and coalition building.
  • United Workers campaigns for workers’ rights, fair housing, and environmental justice.