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Sunday Forum: “Advocacy: A Group Activity”


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2021-12-05 09:30 2021-12-05 10:30 America/New_York Sunday Forum: “Advocacy: A Group Activity”

Present by Kim Bobo Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Kim Bobo, the Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, will provide an introduction to advocacy (and why it is always a group activity), share the key components to effective advocacy, and suggest ways individuals and the congregation can be involved. Kim will also share recent public policy victories, current priorities and likely changes since the election. Kim Bobo is the Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), Virginia’s largest faith-based organization advocating economic, racial, social and environmental justice in Virginia’s policies and practices. Under her leadership, VICPP has become a powerful grassroots advocacy network helping pass historic legislation including Medicaid expansion (2018), wage theft reforms (2019 and 2020), predatory lending reform (2020), an increase in the minimum wage (2020), immigrant rights reforms (2020), abolition of the death penalty (2021), prenatal care for 7000 immigrant women (2021) and paid sick days for 30,000 homecare workers (2021). During the pandemic, VICPP mobilized grassroots support to pass the nation’s strongest OSHA standard to protect workers against COVID-19 in the workplace. Prior to this position, Kim was the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, a national network of people of faith who advocated improved wages, benefits and working conditions for workers in the low-wage economy, for 18 years, based in Chicago. She is nationally known for her work to rebuild religion-labor coalitions, support worker centers and address the crisis of wage theft. During her time with Interfaith Worker Justice, she authored two books, Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans are Not Getting Paid and What We Can Do about It, and The Worker Center Handbook: A Guide for Starting and Building Worker Centers. Kim honed her organizing skills as a trainer at the Midwest Academy, a nationally recognized trainer of community organizers. While at the Midwest Academy, she co-authored Organizing for Social Change, the best-selling organizing manual in the country. Kim’s first professional organizing work was with Bread for the World, where she served as an organizer and then the Director of Organizing. Kim has a B.A. in religion from Barnard College and an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research. What: Online Sunday Morning Forum When: Every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Where: to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82371824544?pwd=dzVLbXQ3d2F3UVliVWJ3SEkvZmQ0Zz09. Meeting ID: 823 7182 4544 Password: 022509 One tap mobile: +13017158592,,82371824544#,,1#,022509# US (Germantown) +13126266799,,82371824544#,,1#,022509# US (Chicago) Dial by your location: +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kew9IZ1L1d Piqued your interest?  Visit Adult RE and Sunday Morning Forum for more info!

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Present by Kim Bobo
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Kim Bobo, the Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, will provide an introduction to advocacy (and why it is always a group activity), share the key components to effective advocacy, and suggest ways individuals and the congregation can be involved. Kim will also share recent public policy victories, current priorities and likely changes since the election.

Kim Bobo is the Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), Virginia’s largest faith-based organization advocating economic, racial, social and environmental justice in Virginia’s policies and practices. Under her leadership, VICPP has become a powerful grassroots advocacy network helping pass historic legislation including Medicaid expansion (2018), wage theft reforms (2019 and 2020), predatory lending reform (2020), an increase in the minimum wage (2020), immigrant rights reforms (2020), abolition of the death penalty (2021), prenatal care for 7000 immigrant women (2021) and paid sick days for 30,000 homecare workers (2021). During the pandemic, VICPP mobilized grassroots support to pass the nation’s strongest OSHA standard to protect workers against COVID-19 in the workplace.
Prior to this position, Kim was the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, a national network of people of faith who advocated improved wages, benefits and working conditions for workers in the low-wage economy, for 18 years, based in Chicago. She is nationally known for her work to rebuild religion-labor coalitions, support worker centers and address the crisis of wage theft. During her time with Interfaith Worker Justice, she authored two books, Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans are Not Getting Paid and What We Can Do about It, and The Worker Center Handbook: A Guide for Starting and Building Worker Centers.
Kim honed her organizing skills as a trainer at the Midwest Academy, a nationally recognized trainer of community organizers. While at the Midwest Academy, she co-authored Organizing for Social Change, the best-selling organizing manual in the country. Kim’s first professional organizing work was with Bread for the World, where she served as an organizer and then the Director of Organizing.
Kim has a B.A. in religion from Barnard College and an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research.

What: Online Sunday Morning Forum

When: Every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82371824544?pwd=dzVLbXQ3d2F3UVliVWJ3SEkvZmQ0Zz09.

Meeting ID: 823 7182 4544
Password: 022509

One tap mobile:
+13017158592,,82371824544#,,1#,022509# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,82371824544#,,1#,022509# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kew9IZ1L1d

Piqued your interest?  Visit Adult RE and Sunday Morning Forum for more info!

The Schedule

9:30 am - 9:45 am Chalice Lighting & Welcome
9:45 am - 10:30 am Presentation & Dialogue
10:30 am - 10:30 am Chalice Extinguishing