The following reflection is written by one of our board members Pastor Marianne Cotter, from Trinity United Methodist Church, connecting worker justice and Easter.
“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; his is not here.” Mark 16:5-6
On Saturday, March 10th, 2012 thousands rallied at the state Capitol in Madison for the 1st year anniversary of the Wisconsin uprising. One year ago, the world witnessed day after day of citizens protesting the threat to end collective bargaining rights of public sector workers. How proud I was of Wisconsin during that uprising! It was so inspiring to see teachers, farmers, firefighters, carpenters, nurses’ aides, police officers, students, retirees, clergy and many others standing in support of the rights of all workers to help determine their working conditions.
Easter celebrates an ancient uprising of a different kind: the raising of Jesus from the grave. For followers of Jesus Christ, this is an uprising of cosmic proportions. Easter celebrates that in raising Jesus from the dead, God defeated every enemy known to humankind. Christians believe that through faith in Christ, all people can have victory over whatever threatens to destroy, degrade or demean them.
This is my Easter hope: that people of faith and goodwill everywhere will continue to believe that there are more good surprises in store for all of us. We can all have hope because we have witnessed people coming together in solidarity to effectively challenge injustice here in Wisconsin. May the “uprising” of Jesus Christ reminds all of us that nothing is impossible. As people of all faiths working together, let us continue our commitment to solidarity with workers in Wisconsin throughout this Easter season.