Power for good

Often I think that religious entities reinforce and support existing racist structures.  Additionally, members of religious groups often use their religion as a defense against accusations of racism.  Or are openly racist.

So it’s always nice to see religious groups moving towards social justice:

Tav HaYosher is part of the ethical kashrut movement, a sort of fair trade kosher that is beginning to establish a toehold locally. Kosher establishments that receive the seal meet an ethical labor standard, including paying workers at least minimum wage, giving them appropriate breaks and time off, and maintain a safe working environment. A similar standard has recently been developed for kosher food producers.

Developed by Orthodox social justice organization Uri L’Tzedek, the Tav HaYosher certification program was a response to the widespread fraud and violations of child labor, immigration and environmental policies at Agriprocessor, the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking company, based in Postville, Iowa.

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