As imprisoned activists are making demands in this national strike, some Christians are imagining what solidarity can look like.
“ … while freelance websites may have raised wages and broadened the number of potential employers for some people, they’ve forced every new worker who signs up into entering a global marketplace with endless competition, low wages, and little stability.”
“I see my job as the work of God, but God is angry because he sees that my job is making me sick needlessly and is mistreating me. We have been treated like slaves.”
These ‘heartwarming’ stories of generosity say far more about the state of our society.
There can be little doubt that churches that opt to stand idly by in this moment of labor’s need are sowing the wind of injustice. Let no one be surprised if they also reap the whirlwind of working-class disenchantment.
The wage increase will be phased in by 2021.
Christians, like other people of faith and conscience, have a complicated relationship with employment, exploitation, and our global political economy —
The United States does not have a regulatory body like the ones in Canada or France that are tasked with monitoring prison conditions and reporting information to the public. Without the oversight, lawsuits filed by inmates are one of the main ways details about prison conditions become public knowledge.
Detainees speak of enduring inhumane conditions in isolated facilities under little oversight from the federal government. They say they serve time in solitary confinement for minor infractions, are denied urgent medical care, and have had their legal proceedings inexplicably delayed.
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