Laurie Konwinski of Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga recently wrote an article for the “To Go Forth” blog of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.
Konwinski serves as the Tompkins/Tioga agency’s deputy director and justice-and-peace coordinator for Tompkins County. She was asked by the USCCB to highlight the successful efforts in the Rochester Diocese in promoting active participation in public-policy advocacy. Her piece notes that this past year, the diocese collected more than 10,300 signatures supporting a bill granting basic labor rights to farmworkers in New York state, helping lead to the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act in June. Other advocacy issues in this diocese noted by Konwinski were support of immigrants, pay equity for women, and opposition to physician-assisted suicide and abortion.