2018 Global Economic Justice Workshops

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Modern Slave Trade of Our Time- Human Trafficking in the Global Migration Crisis

According to the International Labor Organization, in 2017 roughly 25 million people were caught up in human trafficking. In the coming years, millions more will be forced to relocate due to the effects of climate change, war, civil unrest, and poverty. Join this interactive workshop to learn more about human trafficking and migration, ethical recruitment of migrant workers. We will faithfully reflect on how we can respond and leave with ideas for action as advocates and consumers. Part of the workshop will draw from a module that you can use in your own congregational setting.

Sister Maryann Mueller, Felician Sister, United States Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Rob Fohr, Presbyterian Church (USA) and Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility board member

The Big Shift: Moving International Finance from Fossil Fuels to a Clean Energy Future

Today 1.06 billion people lack access to electricity, which presents stumbling blocks for impoverished and marginalized communities, especially women and girls, trying to lift themselves out of poverty. But large-scale, donor-funded projects aren’t the answer; too often they tragically trample on the rights of the people they claim to help. Fortunately, community-centered and rights-based alternatives do exist to expand energy access while also addressing the damage caused by climate change and our centuries-long fossil fuel dependence.

In this workshop, you will learn how people of faith can be part of movements to shift U.S. tax dollar-funded financial institutions, such as the World Bank, away from dirty fossil fuels and leapfrog into sustainable renewable energy models that respect human rights and deliver energy to low-income communities.

Mariana Paoli, Christian Aid
Jo Khinmaung-Moore, Tearfund

Moderator: Chloe Schwabe, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

An Exodus of the Poor: New Global Debt Crises and Corruption Drive the Displacement of Vulnerable Communities

New debt crises and the loss of social protections in developing economies is driving migration from Puerto Rico to Ghana. Developing economies dealing with financial crisis are ill-equipped to address the impact of natural disasters or stem the loss of billions from corruption and tax evasion. In this workshop we learn about these issues and will discuss solutions. We will brainstorm different methods of engagement and education to faith-based communities and the media.

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network
Reverend Heriberto Martinez, General Secretary, Puerto Rico Bible‎ Society
Reverend Aniedi Okure, OP, Executive Director, Africa Faith and Justice Network
Kate Zeller, Campaigns Director, Jubilee USA Network

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