Solidarity on Tap is a simple interfaith intergenerational gathering for socializing and social justice. The Ignatian Solidarity Network, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and Jesuitical along with the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Church of St. Francis Xavier, and America Media and other local partners welcome all to Solidarity on Tap | New York City.
Snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for donation. All are welcome.
Around 7:30 PM we will have a reflection on the theme “Racial Justice and Equity” by Gerardo Reyes of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Jeannine Hill Fletcher of Fordham University.
Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Gerardo Reyes Chavez is a senior staff member with the award-winning human rights organization, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Mr. Reyes is a farmworker and has worked in the fields since age 11, first as a peasant farmer in Mexico and then in the fields of Florida picking oranges, tomatoes, blueberries, and watermelon. A CIW member since 1999, Mr. Reyes has worked with consumer allies to organize national actions in the Campaign for Fair Food. As part of the implementation of the Fair Food Program, Mr. Reyes conducts workers’ rights education with thousands of farmworkers on participating tomato farms. Mr. Reyes speaks regularly about the Fair Food Program at events across the country, such as Yale the Harvard Law School, the Aspen Institute, Labor and Worklife Program Convening on Farm Labor Challenges and the Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility’s Multi-Stakeholder Roundtable on Ethical Recruitment. The Aspen Institute named him a 2018 Ricardo Salinas Scholar. Mr. Reyes was recently a co-presenter at the 2018 TEDMED: Chaos + Clarity Conference in California.
Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Department of Theology, Fordham University
Prof. Hill Fletcher grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois as an undergraduate, majoring in English. After a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, she attended Harvard Divinity School, earning her MTS in 1996 and ThD in 2001. She joined the Fordham faculty in 2001. Prof. Hill Fletcher teaches at the intersection of Systematic Theology and issues of diversity (religious diversity, Christian cultural diversity, race and gender). Her research and teaching explore the role of theological thinking in shaping public discourse, including both activism and legislation. Prof. Hill Fletcher is a board member of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, a multi-generational, multi-religious and multi-racial grassroots organization working for social change.