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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

Dear friends, 

I am bringing this to your attention again and it may be too late by the time you read this, but please check the website below to determine if the New York State Legislature has taken action, if they have not please contact your Assembly person and State Senator immediately concerning this issue.  The Diocesan Public Policy Committee and the New York State Catholic Conference are encouraging urgent action on the “Reproductive Health Act" (S.240 / A.21), which would expand abortion in New York State. This legislation is likely to move quickly.  I shared more details in previous Bulletins and blogs, so check back issues on this website.  More details and action alerts are also available at https://www.nyscatholic.org/

Public Policy Weekend is scheduled for February; the exact date is not yet established.  The legislation the Public Policy Committee is supporting, The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, has not yet been reintroduced in the new legislature, so there is no urgent deadline. As time grows closer there will bulletin articles discussing the details of the legislation.  Here in a brief overview of the pending legislation entitled Farmworker Fair Labor Practices, under the general theme of the Church Speaking Out for Justice: Equal Rights for Farmworkers.  Tens of thousands of farmworkers in New York milk cows, tend animals, and plant, prune, harvest and pack fruits and vegetables.  They are the backbone of our state’s multi-billion dollar agricultural industry.  Despite their hard work, farmworkers are not treated equally in our labor laws.  Unlike other workers, they do not receive overtime pay or the same workers compensation or disability insurance coverage when hurt on the job.  You can help right this wrong! In the coming weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to sign our Diocese-wise petition asking our legislature to change this law.  Keep reading the weekly Bulletin to learn more about this issue.

Finally, you should receive a letter this week addressing the financial needs of the Parish, please prayerfully consider the topic the letter is addressing, thank you!

Now on the lighter side...Teacher: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?  Glen: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.

Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!

In peace and courage, 

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