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Feb 26 2008
Interfaith Gathering in Memphis, March 13th, with National and Local Speakers

MEMPHIS -- Forty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers making poverty wages, faith leaders from around the country will gather to demand a living wage for all workers. The interfaith service will be held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 13, at the historic Centenary United Methodist Church, which organized support in 1968 for the Memphis sanitation workers. Centenary UMC's former pastor, Rev. James Lawson, who worked with Dr. King, has been invited to be the keynote speaker.

Co-convened by the Let Justice Roll...
Nov 16 2007
"Minimum wage was the foremost values issue of the 2006 election, bringing people together across all lines. It is immoral that workers who care for children, the ill and the elderly struggle to care for their own families. A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it.

"It is fitting that we are rededicating ourselves to a higher federal minimum wage just days after Monday's groundbreaking for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

"As visitors enter the King Memorial, they will see carved...

Nov 16 2007
"Minimum wage was the foremost values issue of the 2006 election, bringing people together across all lines. It is immoral that workers who care for children, the ill and the elderly struggle to care for their own families. A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it.

"It is fitting that we are rededicating ourselves to a higher federal minimum wage just days after Monday's groundbreaking for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

"As visitors enter the King Memorial, they will see carved...

Jul 24 2007

Let Justice Roll leader Rev. Dr. Paul Sherry joins Congressional and grassroots leaders in a Capitol Hill Rally to celebrate the first minimum wage raise in ten years. Rev Sherry's statement appears below

WHEN: 1:30 pm EST, July 24
WHERE: Upper Senate Park, 1st and Delaware Avenues, NW, Washington, DC

STATEMENT BY REV. PAUL SHERRY

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Jul 16 2007

The grassroots momentum to eliminate poverty wages will be energized, not quelled, by next week's federal minimum wage increase to $5.85 an hour.

Let Justice Roll, a national ninety-organization living wage coalition, will continue to organize campaigns to raise federal and state minimum wages, particularly in the South and Midwest where poverty-wage jobs are concentrated.

Let Justice Roll continues organizing campaigns in Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma and Cuyahoga County, Ohio to enact higher state...

May 25 2007

Washington, DC -- Our nation's poorest workers will finally be getting a much-needed boost when the minimum wage goes up in July. Congress and the White House should have done what 33 states and the District of Columbia did earlier, and raise the minimum wage above $5.15 without holding it hostage to war and tax cuts.

Raising the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 over 26 months will put much-needed dollars in the hands of workers for whom every dollar counts in the struggle to pay rent, food, healthcare and other necessities. After a decade without a raise,...

May 9 2007

Washington, DC -- As the federal minimum wage remains stuck at a miserly $5.15 an hour, momentum continues to build in the states. Last week, New Hampshire joined Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and New Mexico in enacting legislation since the Nov. election to raise minimum wages. Let Justice Roll, a nonpartisan coalition of more than 90 faith and community organizations, is calling on Congress to represent their constituents and raise the federal minimum wage now.

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Feb 1 2007
The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, a national coalition of 91 religious, labor, and community organizations, thanks the Senate for voting to raise the minimum wage. This is a long-overdue step forward for millions of American workers and their families. We are grateful the Senate heard the voices of millions of working people and their allies in faith, labor and community groups such as ours.

While Let Justice Roll is very pleased with the vote, we are aware that harmful and extraneous items were also included in the bill. We are concerned that these provisions will...

Jan 29 2007
Costco CEO, Small Business Majority, US Women's Chamber of Commerce, Business  Leaders Nationwide Urge Senate To Raise Minimum Wage

New York, NY -- For a record-breaking 10 years, the federal minimum wage has not been raised largely due to the lobbying efforts of elements of the business community and their allies in Congress.  However, a fast-growing campaign led by small and large business men and women are saying a higher minimum wage is in fact good for business. While the Congress debates the issue, states that have led the way by raising...

Jan 19 2007

Washington, DC -- Business owners and executives across the nation are telling Congress that a $5.15 minimum wage hurts business, workers and the economy. The House passed a clean bill to raise the minimum wage. Now, it's the Senate's turn.

Speaking today at a Senate press conference, Lew Prince, co-owner of Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, MO, says, "A minimum wage increase makes straightforward economic sense. It means more money in the hands of people who are...