September 2017 Newsletter
Labor in America
As Labor Day approaches, here are some facts & figures about the state of labor in America today.

Since 1973, worker productivity increased 74% , but wages increased just 9%.
Bureau of Economic Analysis & Bureau of Labor Statistics

As union membership rates have dropped, so has middle class income. From 1973 to 2015, union membership fell from 26% to 11% and the middle class income decreased 6%.
Center for American Progress Action Fund

The median weekly earnings of union members is $1,004. For non-union workers it's $802.
Economic Policy Institute

In 1965 the average CEO compensation at America's largest firms was 20 times the annual average pay of the typical worker. Last year, it was 271 times the annual average pay of the typical worker.
Economic Policy Institute

28 states have adopted "right to work" laws which allow workers to receive union-negotiated wage and benefits without paying dues to a union.
National Conference of State Legislatures

For more on Labor issues, click here .
Gender Inequality
We have added new facts and figures on gender based violence issues such as: child marriages and female genital mutilation . Check it out here .
New Resources
War -- An Enquiry
Examines, and challenges the concept of war. Proposes that a deeper, more accurate understanding of war may enable human beings to reduce its frequency, reduce its horrors, and lessen the burden of its consequences. Learn more.
For more about issues related to War, click here .
Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World
Invites readers to move toward conflict and brokenness, not simply for the sake of resolving tensions and ending war but to understand that peacemaking is the mission of God, and therefore the vocation of believers. Read more.
For more about issues related to Peace, click here.
Summit for Change Conversations
An audio file of a Sojourners gathering in Washington D.C, with a diverse group of faith leaders, activists, artists, scholars, entrepreneurs and philanthropists such as Linda Sarsour, Margaret Atwood, Joshua DuBois, Traci Blackmon, Alexia Salvatierra, sharing what healing and resistance looks like. Listen now.
For more about Public Witness, click here.
  My Neighbor
A credit card from Everence that offers the ability to generate donations for a charitable organization each time a purchase is made. Learn more.
For more about Socially Responsible Investing, click here.
Our God is Undocumented : Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice
Takes the point of view of the immigrant and provides a unique way of reading the Bible -- offering new ways of seeing the challenges of the strangers and sojourners among us. Read more.
For more about immigrants and Immigration, click here .
Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration
Each of seven sections (Borders, Economics, Myths, Family Values, the Politics of Fear, Christian Perspectives, Ethical Responses) exams an issue and then has a story by an undocumented immigrant or someone who works with the undocumented as well as a poem, prayer, or a song that expresses the hope and the terror involved in the experience. Read more.
For more on immigrants and Immigration, click here.
My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Inter-religious Encounter, Growth and Transformation.
Includes a wide assortment of inspiring stories about the interfaith encounters of community leaders, scholars, public intellectuals, and activists.
For information on Religious Intolerance, click here .
Important Dates This Month

Individuals Honored This Month
It may just be a drop of water in the sea. But after this drop, the sea will never be the same.
Pierre-Marie Theas (September 14th)
On behalf of my outraged Christian conscience, I raise my voice in protest [against the treatment of Jews], and I assert that all men, Aryans and non-Aryans, are brothers because they have been created by the same God; that all men, whatever their race or religion, have the right to be respected by individuals and states. The present anti-Semitic pressures flout human dignity and violate the most sacred rights of the human person and family.
Hans Scholl (September 22nd)
 It is high time that Christians make up their minds to do something… what are we going to show? We will be standing empty-handed. We will have no answer when we are asked: What did you do?
Elie Wiesel (September 30)
Today, as yesterday, a nation is judged by its attitude toward refugees.
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