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Announce National Grassroots Campaign
The leaders gathered in a press conference to condemn the $5.15 minimum wage and to launch a new national grassroots campaign, "The Let Justice Roll/Living Wage Campaign."
The Campaign will bring the voice of prominent members of the religious community to the national fight to raise the federal minimum wage. In addition -- frustrated with federal inaction -- faith leaders will announce their commitment to work to pass ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage in several states in 2006.
“Raising the minimum wage is not just an economic
issue,” Kennedy said. “It’s a woman’s issue. It’s a civil rights issue.
It’s a family issue. But – perhaps more than anything – the minimum wage
is a moral issue. Over the past five years the Bush administration has
done a lot for the powerful and wealthy. They have done a lot for
corporate America. But they have done little to provide for the working
people who are struggling to survive.”
By continuing to leave the minimum wage at this
level, it effectively sentences millions of workers and their families
to live in abject poverty. The "Let Justice Roll/Living Wage Campaign"
will be working with churches, synagogues, mosques, Quaker meetings and
community groups to support and advocate for increases in minimum wage
on the national and state level.
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