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A Conversation on Labor, Religion, Politics, and Public Engagement: A conversation between the AFL-CIO’s Damon Silvers and Jubilee USA Network’s Eric LeCompte

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"Our elected officials and world leaders make decisions that impact our lives every day,” said Eric LeCompte. “If we want to influence those decisions, we need to engage with decision-makers. Religious groups and labor unions throughout history and to this day, influence Minnesota, national, and global policies that impact our lives. The joint work of labor unions and faith groups translates into policies that support workers, create jobs, and protect the environment. Damon and I are excited to have a conversation on how human rights and democracy is bolstered by our participation. We are excited to have this conversation at a place that has long understood the need for solidarity between workers and people of faith."

Damon Silvers is the AFL-CIO's Senior Strategic Advisor and Special Counsel to the President. He joined the AFL-CIO as Associate General Counsel in 1997. Silvers is a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College, London. He is also a member of The Century Foundation’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Directors of Americans for Financial Reform.

Eric LeCompte is the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network, an interfaith coalition of more than 750 religious groups and organizations throughout the United States and around the world to win policies that alleviate poverty, address global conflict and promote human rights.‎ His views on religion, politics and economic issues regularly appear in media outlets including the Associated Press News, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post.

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