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Organization Interfaith Worker Justice
History engaged 1996 by religious leaders passionate about justice for workers. Kim Bobo had founded the organization using her bedroom as an office and a $5,000 bequest from her grandmother. Today IWJ includes a national network of more than 70 local interfaith groups, worker centers and student groups, making it the leading national organization working to strengthen the religious community's involvement in issues of workplace justice.
City Chicago, Illinois
Values Rights, action, justice
Vision IWJ calls upon core religious tenets and traditions in support of workers’ rights
Mission to call upon religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially workers in low-wage jobs.
Goals To engage, organize and mobilize the religious community on worker rights issues.
Approach IWJ engages clergy, lay people, and future religious leaders of diverse faith traditions to participate fully and creatively in these partnerships. It provides opportunities to engage clergy and religious leaders, students, faculty and people of faith directly in organizing, education and mobilizing on issues and concerns of low wage workers and worker justice.
Structure Board diverse by faith and location. Professional staff. Membership.
Scale Larger
Scope National
Activity Labor in the Pulpits. Religious Perspectives on Work Student Opportunities. IWJ Summer Internships for Students
Religion Christian, Islam, Judaism, Catholic
Words grassroots, justice
Acronym IWJ
Contact 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660