Starting Date: 05-30-2012
Ending Date: 06-01-2012
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60660
United StatesKIM BOBO 2012 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice in Chicago will be the Keynote Luncheon Speaker at the 2012 conference (Wednesday May 30th) at Loyola University in Chicago (Lake Shore Campus).
Kim is the Executive Director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation's largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, especially those in low-wage economies.
She is the author of Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid-And What We Can Do About It, the first and only book to document the wage theft crisis in the nation and to propose practical solutions for addressing it.
Kim is co-author (with Jackie Kendall and Steve Max) of Organizing For Social Change a best-selling organizing manual in the country. In 2009 she was named one of Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World."
Interfaith Worker Justice is an organization that supports a network of 50 religion-labor groups, 20 workers centers and five student chapters. IWJ has created dozens of congregational resources on economic justice, coordinated the national Labor in the Pulpits program that places labor speakers in congregations over Labor Day weekend, and mobilizes people of faith on national campaigns and public policy issues such as the Employee Free Choice Act and wage theft.
Prior to Interfaith Worker Justice, Kim was a trainer for the Midwest Academy and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World. She writes a column for the online magazine Religion Dispatches as well as serves as the Choir Director at Good News Community Church, a multicultural congregation in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Kim and her husband, Stephen Coats, have twin teenage sons, Eric and Benjamin.
For more on Interfaith Worker Justice see http://www.iwj.org/template/index.cfm; for information on wage theft, an article that Kim has written for In These Times "The Crisis of Wage Theft" can be found at http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4061/the_crisis_of_wage_theft.
Geographical Scope: National