Past Events

Time for a Moral Revolution of Values

A Revival with Rev. William Barber
Wednesday, Nov 2
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
3022 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Be inspired by the founder of the Moral Monday Movement to move Wisconsin forward. This follows and builds on the Sept 12 moral day of action that ICWJ helped organize.


Divided We Fall

Film Screening
Thursday, Oct 20
7 p.m.
Sundance Cinema
Hilldale Mall, Madison

The 2011 protests at the state capitol is the focus of Divided We Fall. It explores the origins of the historic capitol occupation in the fight to save collective bargaining for Wisconsin’s public workers. It also looks at what challenged the movement. Divided We Fall includes dramatic citizen-produced video and photos as well as compelling interviews in the battle to save collective bargaining for public workers in Wisconsin.

See a preview here.


Labor in the Pulpit

ICWJ invites congregations and their clergy to bring the message of economic and worker justice to worship on Labor Day weekend (September 2-4) or in the weeks near Labor Day. We have speakers and resources available to address issues in a faithful, non-partisan way during this election season. Contact us for more information.

Liturgical Resource
Prophetic Preaching Guide 2016

Labor Day 2016 Participating Congregations

September 4, 2016
First Unitarian Society
Trinity United Methodist
Sherman Avenue United Methodist
James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation
First United Methodist
Lake Edge UCC/McFarland UCC
Bristol Lutheran Church

September 18, 2016
Bethlehem Lutheran

October 2, 2016
Lake Edge Lutheran


Fired Up for Worker Justice!

Sunday, September 18, 2016
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fired Up Pottery
4112 Monona Drive, Madison
In the Lake Edge Shopping Center

Unleash your creativity while raising money for ICWJ. Come to Fired Up Pottery and make art in the store. You can paint pottery or wine glasses, fuse glass, or paint on a canvas. Work on your own or gather together a group of your friends to create art in the store, with staff available to help. Your art will be ready about a week later, after it has been fired. (Canvas and wine glasses can be taken home that same day.) Prices for pottery to paint range from $5 to $100. Most people spend between $17 to $39. Just make sure to let staff know that you are there as part of the ICWJ benefit, and then we will receive 30% of the pre-tax sales price. Refreshments and information about ICWJ will be available.


Moral Day of Action

State Capitol
Monday, Sept 12
(beginning at Grace Episcopal Church,
116 W. Washington Ave, at 11:00)

Challenge our elected officials and candidates for office on:

Democracy and Voting Rights
Poverty and Economic Justice
Workers’ Rights
Environmental Justice
Immigrants’ Rights and Xenophobia
Criminal Justice
LGBTQ Rights
War Mongering and the Military

Let us join others around the country
as we 
raise our voices in interfaith song and prayer for justice!


Walking The Walk

Friday, August 19, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
The Coopers Tavern, upstairs
20 West Mifflin Street, Madison WI

Community Shares of Wisconsin and the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice present Aina Gutierrez, who will discuss how to look at internal workplace operations and finances through a social justice lens.

 The Politics of Resentment: Katherine Cramer

Thursday, August 4, 6:30-8:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison

UW-Madison Professor Katherine Cramer will give a talk on her book The Politics of Resentment, which describes how politicians manipulated the growing divide between rural and urban communities to pass Act 10 in 2011. Join us to learn more from Cramer and envision a more united and just future. Thank you sponsors for supporting this event!

$500 – Standard Bearer
Mary Bell
OPEIU Local 39

$100 – Ally
Arellano & Phebus Law, S.C.
Board of Christian Outreach at Lake Edge United Church of Christ
The Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin
Memorial United Church of Christ in Fitchburg
Paulette Harder
Scott and Jane Walters

$250 - Advocate
North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

$50 – Witness
Bob and Joann Skloot
Craig Myrbo
Karen Shevet Dinah
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Prophetic Preaching in a Divisive Climate:
A Conversation for Faith Leaders in the Pre-Election Season
Monday, July 25, 10:00-Noon
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Oregon, WI

Clergy members gathered to support and learn from one another to speak from the pulpit about the economic justice issues at this crucial moment in our country’s history.


Nuns on the Bus
Monday, July 11, 2016, 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Society of Madison

Nuns on the bus

Pre-launch blessing of Network’s next Nuns on the Bus tour. Rabbi Renee Bauer, ICWJ director, gave the blessing. The tour is part of Network’s “Mend the Gap” five-year public policy campaign on issues such as living wages, taxes, family-friendly policy, healthcare, housing, access to democracy, and immigration. Network is a national Catholic social justice lobby. This event is co-sponsored by ICWJ.


Workers’ Memorial Day
Apr. 28, 2016

Workers’ Memorial Day is recognized annually on April 28. This year the South Central Federation of Labor hosted a memorial service and press conference seeking action for workplace safety and health. ICWJ mourns the loss of those who have died on the job, and we advocate for the right of every worker to a safe and healthy workplace. No job is worth the life of the worker.

IMG_5940 copyICWJ Organizer Sarah Smoot gave the opening reflection at SCFL’s service & press conference. Read her remarks here


DSC_5896Madison Labor Seder:
Bringing Contemporary Worker Justice Issues to Our Passover Celebrations

Thursday, April 14 at Beth Israel Center, ICWJ held a Labor Seder, in collaboration with Beth Israel Center, Temple Beth El, Congregation Sha’arei Shamayim, and the Jewish Labor Committee. The Labor Seder was an inspiration to Jews to prepare celebrations of Passover that acknowledge and seek liberation from current oppressive working and economic conditions. It was also a meaningful interfaith gathering and discussion of worker justice.

Click to view photos of the 2016 Labor Seder – Photos by Sarah Smoot


Fight For $15
National Day of Action

Thursday April 14, 2016

6:00am, McDonalds on Regent St.
(1102 Regent St. Madison)

Outside the Madison area? Find an action near you.


 Luchando por una Vida Mejor
Fighting for a Better Life

The updated Latino Workers’ Project (LWP) report was released on Thursday, March 3. ICWJ initiated the first Latino Workers’ Project report in 2000, and the recommendations from that report led to the founding of the Madison Workers’ Rights Center (WRC). Since then the WRC has fought with Latino and other workers in correcting violations of workplace rights and advocating for labor standards. The updated report and recommendations show that the Latino community in Dane County continues to face many violations of workplace rights (Over 40% involved with the LWP reported experiencing wage theft).

Read the full report and join in realizing the 2016 recommendations.


The Big Share - March 1, 2016

Thanks to all who joined in #ShareFor15 – You helped ICWJ raise over $3900 donors with 81 donors!
Big Share funds from this year will be used in ICWJ’s work in the Fight For $15

Mark your calendars to share in the 2017 Big Share on March 7, 2017

The Big Share is a day of social media sharing and fundraising for member agencies of Community Shares of Wisconsin, organizations striving for a just community.

See Fight for $15 video, photos, and share your donation


Black Worker Forum

Thursday, Feb. 25, Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St.)
5:00 – 6:00 food & conversation. 6:00 – 8:30 Panel Discussion

Join the discussion to improve the economic status of black workers in Dane County

Panelists: Donald Smith (AFSCME local 6000); Corneil White, Evette Gardner (Fight for $15); Will P. Jones (UW-Madison), Brandi Grayson (YGB Coalition)
Moderator: Martha de la Rosa, Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now

Sponsored by the NAACP of Dane County. ICWJ is a co-sponsor of this event

Learn More

Register (Free)

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Faith Labor Breakfast 2016

The Communities We Want: Striving for Racial and Economic Justice

With Reverend Michael Livingston of The Riverside Church, Manhattan

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 8:00-10:00 am
Bethel Lutheran Church 312 Wisconsin Ave.

See who sponsored the 2016 Breakfast

See video footage of the 2016 Breakfast

Rev. Livingston: "The Communities We Want"

Rev. Livingston: “The Communities We Want”


Just Dining 2015 Release Event

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 2:00 pm
at First United Methodist Church

203 Wisconsin Ave. Madison

Workers and high-road employers will speak about Just Dining and why they support it. Copies of the updated Guide will be available. The 2015 update to the Just Dining Guide includes more restaurants and improved user-friendly formatting.

Just Dining Order Form


Forum on Just Dining & Interfaith Worker Justice

Sunday, Nov. 29th, 10:30 am
at First United Methodist Church
203 Wisconsin Ave. Madison

Jenna York, a student at UW who has participated in this year’s update of the Just Dining Guide, will give a presentation on the Guide and its community impact. ICWJ organizer Sarah Smoot will present on the mission and work of ICWJ and the Madison Workers’ Rights Center.


Union Strong and Thankful
Action in support of union workers, Metcalfe’s Market

Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 5:30 pm
At Metcalfe’s Market
726 N. Midvale Blvd. Madison

During the week of Thanksgiving, join in action to support union workers. The meat market workers of Metcalfe’s are unionized, and the seafood department voted to unionize but are getting push-back. We’ll be there in support of the union workers and efforts and will purchase food to be sent to Kohler workers who have been on strike since Nov. 16th.


Fight for $15 Day of Action

Tues. Nov. 10th
12:00 Noon @ TBA (email us for more info)
5:00 pm at the City-County Building (210 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.)

This is a national day of action in the Fight for $15. Join in solidarity with Madison workers who are saying it’s time for $15/hour and a union.

More info HERE



Proposal for Paid Leave (Press Conference)
This Thursday, 09/24, 10:00am
State Capitol, 2nd Floor Assembly Parlor

Join Local 9to5 Wisconsin to say that it’s time for Wisconsin to have paid leave for workers in times of illness or family leave.


  Labor in the Pulpit

During Labor Day Weekend (Sep. 4-6, 2015), or a religious service time that occurs near Labor Day, ICWJ invites congregations to honor workers and focus on the intersection of faith and labor by having a guest worker-speaker give a testimony during the service time, or use ICWJ resources to have labor-themed liturgy. The worker-speaker, along with a staff or board member of ICWJ, will help the congregation be attuned to the current struggles for workers and understand how people of faith can join the movement for justice.

Call or email to schedule a worker visit
608-819-4740 /


Looking for a place to attend a Labor in the Pulpit?
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Sun. Aug.30th, 8:00 & 10:00am, 6205 University Ave. Madison
Lake Edge United Church of Christ, Sun. Sep.6th, 9:00 & 11:00am, 4200 Buckeye Rd. Madison
Glenwood Moravian Community Church, Sun. Sep.6th, 9:30am, 725 Gilmore St. Madison
Sherman Avenue United Methodist, Sun. Sep.6th, 9:30am, 3705 N. Sherman Ave. Madison
Bashford United Methodist, Sun. Sep.6th, 9:30am, 329 North St. Madison
Trinity United Methodist, Sun. Sep.6th, 10:00am, 1123 Vilas Ave. Madison
James Reeb Unitarian Universalist, Sun. Sep.6th, 10:00am, 2146 E. Johnson St. Madison
ESPAÑOL – El Libertador Iglesia Metodista, Sun. Sep.6th, 5:00pm, 606 Nichols Rd. Madison
Beth Israel Center, Sat. Sep.12th, 9:30am, 1406 Mound St. Madison
Dale Heights Presbyterian, Sun. Sep.13th, 10:00am, 5501 University Ave. Madison
Kenwood United Methodist, Sun. Sep.20th, 10:30am, 2319 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee
Congregation Sha’arei Shamayim, Sat. Sep.26th 10:30am, 900 University Bay Dr. Madison

“Fight for $15” Labor Day Cook-Out, Sun. Sep. 6th, 1:00pm
at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Pastor Everett Mitchell
Food is provided, no cost
All are invited to eat and greet with workers in the “Fight for $15”


$ Call for Action $

Join with workers in the Fight for $15 at the City County Building
this Thursday September 10th, 12:30-1:30

Change is happening around the nation, most recently in New York, as a result of hard working people raising their voices.
Join to demand change in Wisconsin. We need a $15 minimum wage.



IWJ Executive Director Visits Madison

Join us: August 4th, 7:00pm !
900 University Bay Drive, Madison

Rudy Lopez, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice since January 2015, will share a public workshop entitled:

What Matters: Faith & Values Shaping Economic Justice
Que Importa: Fe & Morales Forman la Justicia Económica

Interpretación Simultánea en Español / Simultaneous Interpretation in Spanish

ICWJ thanks First Unitarian Society of Madison for hosting the event and Ian’s Pizza, Willy Street Co-op, and Metro Market for making generous donations to the event.

ICWJ thanks our event sponsors!

Hawks Quindel, S.C.

J. Wexler Law, S.C.

Wisconsin AFL-CIO



Folleto en Español


Latino Workers Project
Community Forums

Foro Comunitario

You are invited to hear and discuss the findings of the ongoing Latino Workers Project, which is gathering information on the living and working conditions of low-wage latino/a workers in Dane County.

Le invitamos a compartir un testimonio de su experiencia de trabajar en Condado de Dane, o a oír las historias de otros. Queremos proteger su privacidad tanto como sea posible.
No se invita la prensa.

Two upcoming Forums in English and Spanish:
En Inglés y Español

Thursday June 25, 6:30-8:30 pm, Centro Hispano (810 Badger Rd.)
Jueves, 25 de junio, 6:30-8:30 pm, Centro Hispano (810 Badger Rd.)

Saturday, July 25, 10:00 am – Noon, Villager Mall (2300 S. Park St.)
Sábado, 25 de julio, 10:00 am – Mediodía, Villager Mall (2300 S. Park St.)


Fight For $15
National Day of Action

April 15, 11:30 am – until
Begins at Taco Bell, 3002 E. Wash.
Includes other near-by establishments
2:00 pm Library Mall, 728 State St.
2:45 pm free bus to MKE action, from 750 University Ave.
bus returns to Madison by 8:30 pm


Clergy Action Network:
Worker Justice Scripture Study

Thursday, April 9, 5:30pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church, East Washington & Hancock

Reverend Jerry Folk will offer a lesson and discussion on scripture study through the lens of Worker Justice. This is the initial gathering to envision an interfaith curriculum for local congregations, by local clergy and faith leaders.

Participants are invited to bring a passage of scripture that inspires worker justice.

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Faith Action Network:
Speaking Faith to Power

Thursday, March 19, 6:00pm
Madison Labor Temple: 1602 S. Park St. 53713

Father Tony Cutcher will discuss the Labor Priest movement and the importance of faith action in the context of “Right to Work” legislation.
Afterward those interested in ICWJ’s Faith Action Network will meet briefly to discuss our goals for action, as well as the ongoing Fight for 15.

Please RSVP to


The BIG Share

of Community Shares of Wisconsin

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, all day

An all day event of donations for members of Community Shares of Wisconsin. The BIG share funds will fund ICWJ’s Living Wage Certification Program.

The Living Wage Certification program will increase wages for low-wage workers, honor ethical employers, and promote understanding of the need for living-wage jobs in our community.

15th Annual Faith Labor Breakfast

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 8:00-10:00AM
Good Shepherd Parish, St. Joseph’s location
1905 W. Beltline Hwy. Madison 53713

John Nichols, Keynote Speaker
“Forward 15: Conversation, Celebration, Change”

John Nichols, political journalist, blogger, and associate editor of Madison’s Cap Times, 
Offers a look back at the faith community’s historic participation in economic reform
and a look forward at how to continue the fight for a fair economy for all.



Film Showing: The Hand that Feeds

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7:00pm at the Union South Marquee Theatre

Film Description Here


Updated Just Dining Guide Release

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, all day

Hosted by Interfaith Coalition and the Workers’ Rights Center

Update your Just Dining iPhone App with the latest info on Isthmus restaurant employment standards.

See the full guide at ICWJ’s and WRC’s websites.

Find the mini-Guide at community gathering spots, downtown restaurants, and service providers.


Economic Justice Film Series

Hosted by WI Faith Voices & ICWJ

Event(s) Flyer

WhyPovertySeveral Films will be shown between Oct. 16 and Dec. 10. Click the link above for venue information.

Refreshments served


Fight for 15
Thursday, Dec. 4, 12:00-until

McDonald’s at 4020 Milwaukee St., Madison, WI 53714 (Milwaukee St. & Stoughton Rd.)

Rally with fast food workers to ask for fair wages for those who work in a multi-billion dollar industry.


Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

Poster Exhibit Info

Nov. 6, 9:00am-4:00pm


Income Inequality Lecture & Discussion

With Edith Rasell, Ph.D

Sunday, Oct. 26, 4:00-6:00 pm

Lakeedge United Church of Christ
4200 Buckeye Rd. Madison

Event Flyer


Jubilee Celebration & Benefit Concert

Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:00pm

900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53705

Lou & PeterThe Prince Myshkins and Madison locals Lou & Peter Berryman in concert to celebrate Sister Maureen McDonnell’s 50 years of vowed Sinsinawa Dominican Life.
Proceeds benefit ICWJ. Thanks to Sister Maureen for choosing to honor ICWJ with her celebration.

Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door

Click here for details.


Living Wage Rally

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 5:30 pm

State Capitol Rotunda

Join Wisconsin workers, Wisconsin Jobs Now, and ICWJ to rally at the State Capitol for a minimum wage that amounts to a living wage. 20-Day follow-up to the complaint filing on 09/24/2014. Governor Walker must act.


These Roses Have Thorns:
Flower Workers & US Free Trade with Colombia

Monday, Oct. 13, 5:30 pm, First Unitarian Society of Madison

FlowerWorkersSponsored by Witness for Peace of the Upper Midwest, Representatives from Cactus share the experiences of flower workers in Colombia and the effects of the US Free Trade agreement with Colombia.





Take the Minimum Wage Challenge!

October 5-11

Track your spending to see how your week would be different on $7.25/hour, or push your challenge further by spending no more than $11/day. Details here.


“Raise Wisconsin” Living Wage Complaint Filing & Rally
Wednesday, Sep. 24, 11:00am

State Capitol Rotunda

Join Wisconsin workers, Wisconsin Jobs Now, and ICWJ to raise an official complaint to the Governor that the current minimum wage is less than a living wage. Stay tuned for part II on Oct. 14!


Labor in the Pulpit with Congregation Sha’arei Shamayim
Saturday, Sep. 13, 10:30am
First Unitarian Society of Madison

900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53705

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