To show support for workers' rights, the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries suggests a different way to work for justice: its "Christmas Cards to CEOs" program. While past efforts have centered in on the plight of sweatshop laborers, this year's effort has widened to include migrant farm workers. The CEOs chosen to receive the cards this year are the executives of Taco Bell and Walmart.
The program hopes to convince the executives to take heed of efforts to improve pay, benefits and working conditions of those who make their products or, in the case of Taco Bell, produce the fruit used in their food.
To participate, request the resource packet from Justice and Witness. It includes the card and envelope, a camera-ready copy of the card so that groups and churches can participate, and an action sheet with anticipated responses from the companies and a UCC response to them.
For more information, contact the Rev. Wallace Ryan Kuroiwa, Economic Justice Team Leader for Justice and Witness Ministries, 216-736-3707; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Amy Muska O'Brien of the Pension Boards, 212-870-2889; e-mail email@example.com.
The artwork is by Ndume Olatushami, also known as Erskine Johnson. Olatushami is on death row in Nashville, convicted of a crime he did not commit. His spiritual advisor is UCC minister the Rev. Joe Ingle