New York AFSCME Labor Faith and Community Outreach Program
District Council 37 is excited to launch, in 2014, the second year of the New York AFSCME Labor, Faith and Community Outreach Program with your continued support, leadership and commitment to help us build A Better New York for All! We are working together with our sister affiliates, District Council 1707 and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), Metro Region 2. We are diligently cultivating this initiative as a way to create a bridge between members who work and live in the community and our houses of worship and other vital community institutions. It is an opportunity to create a space to share and address the challenges facing members and retirees in their communities to build solidarity in the fight for a Better New York for All.
This is also an opportunity to build our union through engagement of our members and retirees in a sustainable and positives manner through their faith and community relationships to help build a Better New York for All!
The vision of this program is to support DC 37 members and retirees in organizing around common challenges and opportunities impacting them through the faith and community-based organizations they belong to.
We will build sustainable relationships with our members, retirees, faith and community leaders in the communities where they live, work and worship for the common good as we embrace the vision of a Beloved Community for all, especially for the most vulnerable in our midst in these challenging times.
WHY LABOR FAITH: OUR WORK
Every day, we see distorted accounts of the issues that are important to us as workers and members of the labor movement. It’s time we tell our story to our friends and neighbors in our churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. It’s time we tell our story to our friends and neighbors in our community boards, tenant organizations, and block associations. They need to know that our issues are their issues, and that the labor movement isn’t limited to just union members and our workplaces.
They, like us, have a stake in health care reform. They, like us, have a stake in vital services like child care, public education, and affordable housing in our communities. They, like us, have a stake in creating and protecting decent paying jobs with good benefits and retirement security. We need to come together with our neighbors and co-worshipers to fight off the anti-worker attacks that threaten all our futures.
But we can’t do any of this without your participation. DC 37 invites you to join this movement to build a community that can work towards the betterment of New York City.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called his vision of a society founded on justice and fellowship the Beloved Community. We invite you to help us in fulfill the promise of the Beloved Community for our children and our future!
A recent example of our work is supporting and participating in the National Night Out initiative throughout the city last August.
Get involved/More information
- Please fill out an online outreach form
- Or print and complete this outreach form
- E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call us at (212) 815-1550
- Read and share our brochure.
- Coalition: Help is needed for public hospitals and rural facilities caring for low-income patients
- DC 37 blog: Activists collect signatures to support safety net hospital bill during Harlem Week
- DC 37 Blog – April 2016: Labor and Faith Outreach Steps Up Spring Efforts
- Briefing Paper Nov. 2014 – Building the Beloved Community for a Better New York for All
- Release Oct. 2014 – Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition Salutes the Response of Municipal Workers to the First Ebola Case in New York
- Release Oct. 2014 – Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition Urges All Persons to Vote
- Statement Sept. 2014 – Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition – Labor Day 2014: Celebration and Reflection
- AFSCME Works Winter 2013 – You Gotta Have Faith
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speech to the State Convention of the llinois AFL-CIO, Oct. 7, 1965