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Apr 10 2006

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., -- Working families in Arkansas won a resounding victory today when a $1.10 an hour increase in the state minimum wage was signed into law by Gov. Mike Huckabee. A community and faith coalition led by a United Methodist pastor played a key role in persuading lawmakers to enact the increase. The Rev. Stephen Copley and the coalition he leads, Give Arkansas A Rai$e Now, is an affiliate of the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, a national interfaith and community initiative for a living wage.

The new...

Apr 7 2006
New York, —The minimum wage has become a poverty wage instead of an anti-poverty wage, with damaging ripple effects throughout our economy, according to A Just Minimum Wage: Good for Workers, Business and Our Future, a new report by Holly Sklar and Rev. Dr. Paul Sherry that was released in support of the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign. The minimum wage has been stuck at $5.15 an hour since 1997 and buys less today than it did when Sam Walton opened his first Walton’s 5 and 10 in 1951.

“It would take more than $9 to match the buying...

Jan 13 2006

Sen. Kennedy joins religious leaders at “Church of the Presidents” in Quincy, Mass.

Rev. Dr. James Forbes Jr. preaches on MLK and living wage at Riverside Church, NY

UUA President Sinkford preaches on raising minimum wage in San Diego

Nov 7 2005

Washington, D.C., —“A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep...
Nov 7 2005

November 7, 2005

Dear Members of Congress:

As leaders of our respective faith communities, we call on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in the 109th session. For too long, the ranks of the working poor have grown in this country. For too long, low-wage workers have been unable to support themselves and their families, even though they work several jobs, trying to make ends meet. Poverty has become a disease, striking at the very heart of the United States, attacking the most...