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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Presbyterian Church (USA) becomes first mainline denomination to endorse the principles of Worker-driven Social Responsibility! Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Presbyterian Church (USA) becomes first mainline denomination to endorse the principles of Worker-driven Social Responsibility!
“Historic vote” by Presbyterian Mission Agency Board is the latest chapter in long history...
“Historic vote” by Presbyterian Mission Agency Board is the latest chapter in long history of PC(USA) support for CIW, Fair Food Movement…
Huge news from the faith-based organizing front of the movement for Fair Food: The 1.4 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) became the first mainline denomination to endorse the principles of Worker-driven Social Responsibility at its Mission Agency board meeting on Saturday, September 29th!
Shannan Vance-Ocampo, who serves on the Mission Agency board, spoke with the Presbyterian journal, The Presbyterian Outlook, on the significance of the vote. Here below is a short excerpt from that article, titled “From social responsibility principles to church policy: Presbyterian Mission Agency Board considers issues great and small”:
… Vance-Ocampo described it as a “historic vote” for the board.
The decision to support the WSR principles (G.102 Endorsement of Worker-driven Social Responsibility Principles) is “a big deal for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” she said, “but most importantly, this vote is extremely important for our partners … who depend on our advocacy and our appropriate use of our power and privilege as a denomination.”
This is not the first “first” for the PC(USA) in its long partnership with the CIW. As men and women from Haiti, Guatemala and Mexico began gathering in a borrowed church room in Immokalee way back in 1993, the PC(USA) awarded CIW a Self-Development of People grant, recognizing that workers themselves were the ones best positioned to analyze and plan how to address violence and poverty wages in the fields...