Overworked and Undervalued: Women, Race and the Economy
National Seminar workshop from United for a Fair Economy
Charts and Diagrams
This industry encompasses justice issues ranging from economic disparity to racism. You can recreate the Just Food Restaurant experience introduced at Assembly 2014. Follow up with the resources the author of Behind the Kitchen Door
provided at her workshop and look for her book as a 2015 Reading Program title.
This experiential look at justice issues was introduced at Assembly 2014. It explores food systems, energy use, livelihoods, land use, violence against women, migration, criminalization, greed, radical hospitality and abundance. The informational signs are provided to allow local groups to share the experience.
As globalization quickens the consolidation of wealth and power by fewer individuals and corporations, United Methodist Women continues to stand for economic justice for those on the margins of society.
United Methodist Women work in this area includes:
- Advocacy for debt relief for impoverished nations crippled by efforts to repay loans to international bodies
- Support for the abolition of sweatshops and child labor
- Promotion of Fair-Trade policies and products
- Support for farm worker rights
- Participation in living wage campaigns
From the United Methodist Book of Discipline
As a church, we are called to support the poor and challenge the rich ... Poverty most often has systemic causes, and therefore we do not hold poor people morally responsible for their economic state. (Social Principles, ¶ 163 E)
Behind the Kitchen Door: Restaurant Workers Organizing for Dignity and Justice
With 10 million workers, the restaurant industry is one of the nation’s largest private-sector employers and one of the fastest growing segments of the economy in most regions nationwide, even during the recent economic recession.
Dominance, Digging and Doctrine
Some of the laws and procedures first established by the church have formed legal precedent, permitting the domination of the U.S. and its resources by Europeans.
Ministry With the Poor: "What's With Got to Do With It?"
Since at least 2008, Ministry with the Poor has been one of four Areas of Focus of the United Methodist Church.
Young Women's Access to Education Globally
Around the world girls face every challenge-from poverty to acts of violence against them- that prevent access to education at all levels.