November 17, 2007

In Solidarity

With the Religion and Labor Network of Austin. This is what the true believers do to spread the true meaning of Christianity. Their latest call to action.

Friends Who Love Justice,

We need your help to gather a LARGE crowd of people for a candlelight prayer vigil Monday evening, November 19th when we put our faith into action and make a tangible difference in the lives of workers in our community.

We will gather at 6:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army at 1101 Cumberland Rd. on the corner of S. 5th St. and then carpool 15 minutes south to the home of Gerald Narvaez, an employer who builds luxury homes in Austin. These workers are seeking payment of THOUSANDS of dollars in wages stolen from them for work they completed in July of LAST YEAR!

RLNA has been working with these day laborers from Workers Defense Project to support them in reclaiming what is rightfully theirs, but now we MUST HAVE YOUR HELP to stand in solidarity with and win justice for these workers.

The Texas Workforce Commission has ruled that Mr. Gerald Narvaez does owe the workers, but he has refused to pay them all. He has rejected phone calls, certified letters, and personal visits from clergy and workers to his home. We performed one vigil at his home earlier this fall with 22 people in attendance. He still refused to work with us.

This second vigil must be much larger in scale to impress upon Mr. Narvaez that as a man of faith he must do the right things and that the workers have the committed support of Austin's faith community and we will not go away.

Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may share our value for worker justice in Austin. Standing together, we can make a difference not only for the workers, but for those trapped by their own unjust actions. We can create a culture in Austin where employers know the faith community will not tolerate injustice and that we will require them to deal honestly and fairly with their employees.

Recently, when dealing with another wage claim case, an employer stated, "I'll work with you, just please don't come do another vigil at my house!". That is the kind of power faith has to bring about change. Please join us, and bring everyone you can for the blessing of doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our common God.

Peace be with you,
Minister Dr. Carla Cheatham
Executive Director, RLNA

Posted by Captain Kroc at November 17, 2007 06:50 PM

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