Blessed Are The Organized Interfaith Vigil For Workers Set For Thursday

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A coalition of community and labor organizations, activists and leaders from the faith community announced Tuesday that they will be hosting an interfaith prayer vigil for Chattanooga workers and their right to organize a union. The candlelight vigil will be held Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Main Terrain Art Park near the Chattanoogan hotel in downtown Chattanooga. The vigil will be held near the 13th Street side of the park. 

"Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga have already passed a majority vote in support of unionizing and having a voice in the management of the plant that they work at," said Patricia Bazemore with Chattanooga for Workers. "We, the local community of Chattanooga, are coming together to pray for our local workers in a show of support for them and their attempt to unionize."

Leaders from several area churches will be speaking at the event about why people should support workers and unionization. The Northern and Southern Baptist Conventions, Catholic Church, Church of the Brethren, Congregational Christian Churches, Disciples of Christ, Evangelical and Reformed Church, Jewish Synagogue, Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Protestant Episcopal, United Lutheran Church in America, United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist, and the National Council of Churches (representing 33 million Protestants) all have official doctrines in support of the rights of workers to organize and engage in collective bargaining with their employers, officials said.

"At retail centers and factories all across the nation, our friends and family members are organizing to win the dignity of living wages and worker representation," said Pastor Brian Merritt of Mercy Junction. "This vigil will help to spread love, light and solidarity with our workers right here at home that are fighting to win unionization."

"Politicians and out-of-state corporate consultants should not be involving themselves in the decisions of our locals workers," said Patricia Bazemore. "That is why we have pulled together community groups and leaders from many different faiths to offer a non-sectarian prayer in support of all workers and their right to organize and have a say in their own conditions." 

The Main Terrain Park runs between 13th St & Main St and Broad & Chestnut. Parking is available on Main and Chestnut. There is also a parking garage accessible from 13th Street, directly across from the park. Organizers are preparing for all conditions of weather and will have covering ready in case of rain.


Collegedale Celebrates First National Night Out Tuesday

The city of Collegedale will be participating in its first annual National Night Out on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Southern Adventist University's Campus at Thatcher South and Iles Drive. The Collegedale Police Department will be joined by the Tri-Community Fire Department, Hamilton County EMS, Hamilton County 911 and Southern Adventist University's Campus Safety.   The ... (click for more)

United Way Supporter Goes Over The Edge

When Over the Edge starts sending Chattanoogans over the top ofthe SunTrust Building Thursday, KMT Creative Group’s Digital Brand Strategist Noelle Omer will be among those viewing the city from a whole new angle.   KMT Creative Group is a corporate supporter of United Way of Greater Chattanooga and its mission of advancing the common good.  “Supporting ... (click for more)

Teen, 17, Charged With Aggravated Rape In Attack On 69-Year-Old North Chattanooga Runner

A 17-year-old has been charged with aggravated rape in connection with an attack on a 69-year-old runner in North Chattanooga on Monday morning. The teen was identified by Juvenile Court officials as Diontae Smartt. Authorities said he has given a confession. Smartt has a detention hearing Thursday at 12:30. The incident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. ... (click for more)

Berke Implements New Pay Plan For Chattanooga Fire Department

Mayor Andy Berke joined the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and leadership of the Chattanooga Fire Department to unveil the department’s new pay plan Wednesday afternoon. At a press conference at Fire Hall #1 on Main Street, Mayor Berke and IAFF Local 820 President Jack Thompson signed a memorandum of understanding which sets forth regular raises for fire ... (click for more)

Leaders Lead On Amendment 1

This week the Hamilton County Commission was faced with what I believe may be one of the most important votes they have cast during their tenure.  Granted, the vote was over a "mere" Resolution that resulted in no overt action or new law in our county.  But there are times when simply speaking Truth and taking a stand on a foundational Principle is paramount and as such ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Expert Reasons Why To Vote

Early voting for the November election begins two weeks from today so please jump-start your plans that will assure your choices will be counted. In a fun-filled attempt to show what some of those who actually vote do during the rest of the day, I offer two examples of “those who live among us” from experts. The first are a series of questions from readers of “Dear Abby” who ask ... (click for more)