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Jan 8 2007

Washington, DC -- Let Justice Roll, a nonpartisan coalition of ninety faith and community organizations, today sent a letter to members of Congress signed by more than 1,000 Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders from across the country. Anticipating House debate on minimum wage this Wednesday, Jan. 10, faith leaders urge congressional support for The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (HR 2), which would increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 from the $5.15 level set in 1997.

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Nov 13 2006
WHAT'S NEXT? POST-ELECTION TELECONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS 

Business leaders joined national Let Justice Roll campaign leaders and minimum wage ballot organizers from Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Ohio to analyze the historic minimum wage election victories and look ahead to future state campaigns and congressional legislation to raise the $5.15-an-hour federal minimum wage.

EXCERPTS from the teleconference:

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Nov 8 2006

Minimum wage hikes won in every state they were on the ballot, winning by a resounding 76 percent in Missouri, 73 percent in Montana, 69 percent in Nevada, 66 percent in Arizona, 56 percent in Ohio and 53 percent in Colorado (latest totals)

Americans across the nation voted for a change in priorities, insisting on the fundamental fairness value of Let Justice's Roll message: A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it.

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Nov 6 2006
State minimum wage ballot organizers (OH, MT, MO, AZ and CO); leaders of the national Let Justice Roll campaign; business leaders; and a low-wage worker will address the topics below and answer reporters' questions on a telephone press conference two days after the election:
  • What happened with state minimum wage referenda, and why?
  • How did the "values vote" impact the election? How effective were
    faith-based efforts to frame poverty wages as a moral issue?
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Oct 31 2006
Cleveland, OH -- Business owners, executives and venture capitalists around the nation -- including the states where minimum wage is on the ballot Nov. 7 -- are calling for a higher minimum wage to pay workers fairly, boost business and strengthen the economy.

The statement released today calls for raising the wage floor above $5.15 an hour, noting, "Minimum wage workers have less buying power than minimum wage workers had half a century ago. We cannot build a strong 21st century economy on a 1950s' wage floor."

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Sep 27 2006
OCTOBER "LIVING WAGE DAYS" Build Momentum For Ballot Measures in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Ohio

New York City -- As Congress continues to stall on raising the minimum wage, the national Let Justice Roll Campaign will hold hundreds of rallies, workshops, religious services and prayer breakfasts in October to build support for raising the minimum wage at the state and federal level.

Let Justice Roll, a fast-growing nonpartisan partnership of...

Jul 13 2006
Washington, D.C., North Carolina and Pennsylvania are the latest states in a growing movement to raise the minimum wage for working Americans. Today, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley signed into law the bill raising the state minimum wage. Pennsylvania’s governor did the same just last Sunday.

"From Arkansas, Michigan and West Virginia to Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Americans have rejected the $5.15 an hour minimum wage as too low," said Rev. Dr. Paul Sherry, the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign national coordinator. "A job should keep you out of poverty, not...

Jun 22 2006

Washington, D.C., -- The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign is calling on the House of Representatives to represent the people by voting to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to at least $7.25 an hour

A fast-growing partnership of more than 70 major national and state faith and community groups, the Let Justice Roll Campaign said the defeat of the Kennedy Amendment Wednesday in the U.S. Senate is "morally reprehensible."

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Jun 20 2006

Washington, D.C., -- The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, a fast-growing program of more than 70 faith and community groups, is strongly urging members of Congress to value workers and their families by giving them a much needed raise

This week, Senators can show they care about the nation's poorest workers by supporting the Kennedy Amendment to the Department of Defense appropriations bill, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour...

Jun 20 2006
Congress is deliberating on the minimum wage. The following analysts are available for interviews:

hsklar [at] aol [dot] com (HOLLY SKLAR)...