Faith-Rooted Organizing to Lift Our Communities
For many Bay Area Progressives, the term “organized religion,” evokes negative associations with oppression, rigidity, and Right Wing politics. Yet, we have seen across generations and social movements, the important role that faith and religious institutions have played in justice and liberation struggles, from Abolition, to Civil Rights, to anti-war movements.
The Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME), EBASE’s faith-rooted organizing program, works to bring together the very best of our spiritual traditions to infuse our economic justice movement with love, joy, and hope, redeeming both our economy and our religions.
FAME is a network of clergy, spiritual leaders, and people of faith. Our mission is to educate and mobilize our communities to stand with low-wage and immigrant workers. We provide a strong moral voice and accompaniment to those struggling for dignity and justice. We help create and protect quality jobs that lift people out of poverty. Through our work, we are building a Beloved Community where caring and compassion reign, and all people have their basic needs met and the fullness of their gifts are honored.
FAME is a part of the statewide federation, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-CA). FAME also works in coalition with the Alameda County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights (ACUDIR). Together, we contributed to the following recent victories:
- A dramatic change in local policy: Alameda County will no longer honor Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “holds” (unconstitutional requests to hold people for extra time), greatly limiting the number of unjust detentions and deportations.
- Passage of the TRUST Act, dramatically reducing unnecessary detentions and separation of thousands of California’s families. FAME continues to be involved in advocacy efforts to enforce the bill.
- Passage of the Domestic Workers Bills of Rights, ensuring overtime pay for thousands of primarily immigrant women domestic workers.
As part of our ongoing work, FAME is:
- Standing in solidarity with Fast Food and Walmart workers in their struggles for living wages as well as immigrants who are often at risk for abuse in these service-sector jobs.
- Fighting for justice for the immigrant children at the border who are suffering from unthinkable circumstances in hopes of living better lives.
- Organizing congregations to support the passage of Lift Up Oakland’s Measure FF to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 with paid sick days.
- Bringing together African American and Latino pastors for dialogue and fellowship to break down racial barriers and begin to take collective action to address inequities.
Contact Kristi@workingeastbay.org for info or to get involved.