All posts for the month August, 2015


WHAT:  We are invited to participate (and sing) during a march and rally on Saturday, Sept 5, with Jobs with Justice – see details below.

WHEN:  Briefly, a hearing will be held from 10 to 11:45 regarding child poverty as it intersects with unlivable wages and worker protections.  At 11:45 the march begins (going till about 12:30 – not long) and then the rally/picnic.  We are invited to attend the hearing….then sing during march and rally.

WHERE:  Senior Room at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215

Wear a yellow t-shirt if you can…  (and I’d like to get a feel for how many can come sing)


We are writing to invite you to attend the 2015 Workers’ Rights Board Hearing on September 5. We will gather at 10 a.m. in the Senior Room at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215).

The theme of this year’s hearing will be “Community, Faith, and Labor: Forward Together Addressing Child Poverty.” Among cities with at least one million residents Dallas has the highest rate of child poverty, at 38 percent.

Ending child poverty will mean demanding livable wages and better protections for workers, increased access to healthcare and adequate food, as well as racial justice and immigration. Communities of color are disproportionately affected by inequality and child poverty, and poverty wages are easy to inflict on undocumented workers.

Our panelists include:

–       Regina Montoya, senior vice president and general counsel of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Ms Montoya is also the head of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty.

–       The Reverend Dr. Michael Greene, lead pastor of Highland Hills United Methodist Church in Dallas.

–       The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters, founder and senior pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas. Revds. Waters and Greene are pastors and preachers as well as teachers, authors, and organizers in the community.

–       A high school student and a worker.

–       Prof. Joerg Rieger, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, is the moderator.

For people of faith, this should be an urgent crisis. As the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church has stated, “True worship of Christ as Lord and Savior must always take account of specific features of his incarnation revealed in the gospels: as a baby, as a peasant, as a worker, as one who welcomed children and lived among ordinary people.” Following Christ means going where Christ is present, with and among the poor.

Immediately following the hearing we will have our third annual Labor Day March and Picnic. The March will begin and end at the MLK Center where the picnic will be held.

Join us as we seek to learn together what it means to follow Christ in a world of increasing inequality and child poverty.

The Common Ground Street Choir was in action at the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans’ birthday party for Medicare/Medicaid. July 30th at the Alliance/AFT hall in Oak Cliff. Photos and videos courtesy of Gene Lantz.



“If I Had A Hammer”

“Building Bridges”

Oak Cliff Unitarian Universalist Church, 3839 W Kiest,
Wednesday, August 19, 7 pm
We’ll have songsheets and holler-along-harmonize-at-will with each other!
It’s time to get together and sing together, and talk about our experiences with our most recent “appearances.”
See you there!