Tomorrow Evening, March 26th @7 pm, South Shore Progressive is delighted to be the host of a lecture to be given by Maxine Neil. Ms. Neil will be speaking on the the topic of inequality and how by being an informed consumer, as individuals, we can reconcile that through “Compassionate Consumption and Workers’ Rights.”( title of her lecture) we can achieve justice. Maxine Neil from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights organization. South Shore Progressive Mass is committed to presenting opportunities for the community to learn about and further discuss serious issues.
Economic justice is essential for securing basic human rights. Recognizing that workers’ rights are human rights, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is committed to defending and supporting living wages, fair trade, and workers’ right to organize — and each individual is essential to these efforts. Consumers have the power to make a difference in the lives of workers every day when they choose services and products that align with values of justice and equality. UUSC’s Choose Compassionate Consumption (CCC) initiative helps all of us figure out how to do that.
Take the U.S. restaurant industry, one of the fastest growing sectors with the lowest paying jobs. Sustainable food and ethical eating means more than local and organic — it also means sustainable wages and working conditions for food workers. Current industry norms are unacceptable: gender inequality, racial discrimination, no paid sick days or health insurance, and a tipped minimum wage that has been stuck at $2.13 per hour for more than 20 years.
Food workers deserve more than scraps, and consumers can be part of changing the industry by encouraging the restaurants consumers frequent to do right by their workers. Fair conditions for food workers — raising the minimum wage, ensuring basic benefits — are not incompatible with thriving restaurants, successful business owners, and happy customers. Come and learn how you can help secure important rights for workers in this industry. Everyone is welcome to the event.
Maxine Neil is the Director of the Institutional Advancement Department at UUSC since 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Please attend this opportunity to learn about a growing systemic problem, how to address it, and how each person has it within them to affect change and economic justice. There are bills before the Massachusetts House and Senate at this present moment that can be fined tuned to protect workers and we can discuss aspects of where the bill/Raise Up petition currently stands on Beacon Hill.
Wednesday March 26th Hingham Public Library at 7 pm. All are welcome.