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Synod to consider boycott for farmworker justice

Wendy's acquiesced to a teenager's Twitter request for a year of free chicken nuggets and capitalized on the free marketing. But the fast-food chain still won't agree to pay an extra cent per pound of tomatoes to support the working conditions and wages of tomato farmers in Florida. Dozens of farmworkers, people of faith, and students from around the country joined 30 representatives from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to protest Wendy's decade-long refusal for better wages outside the company's corporate offices in Dublin, Ohio, during its shareholder meeting on Tuesday, May 23. -> Read more ->

Commentary: The disconnect
I have been a United Church of Christ minister for the past 36 years. Sixteen of those years were spent in two local congregations where I served as a local church pastor. For the past 20 years, I have been on a Conference staff – in Connecticut and in Florida. When I bleed, I bleed black and red which are the colors of the Still Speaking Initiative. ... -> Read more ->
Guess to become executive director of ACLU of Ohio

The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, vice president of the United Church of Christ's Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), is leaving to become the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. Guess, a lifelong civil rights and social justice activist, will step down from CHHSM on June 30, beginning his new position with the ACLU of Ohio on July 1. -> Read more! ->

UCC urges partnerships between creation justice teams and 350.org
Building on the momentum of the People's Climate March, the United Church of Christ is endeavoring to build a partnership centered on climate justice with the like-minded people of 350.org. That framework invites green teams of the congregations of the UCC to affiliate with the grassroots organization that began mobilizing in 2008 to create a climate movement that "holds our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice." -> Read more | Sign up for the newsletter ->
UCC rejects new DOJ guidelines on criminal punishment
Critical of new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice outlining tougher punishments for nonviolent drug offenders, United Church of Christ racial justice leaders are calling on the wider church to protect vulnerable communities and to renew their commitment to justice. -> Read more! ->

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