Days of Action for “Just Jobs” set for November 17th-20th
Planning Webinar scheduled for October 18th
submitted by Andrea Cano
National – Crowds occupying Wall Street, Chicago and other cities have been described as ragtag, but countless clergy support their call for an economy serving 100 percent of Americans, not just the wealthiest one percent. They are organizing marches and risking arrest for nonviolent civil disobedience outside their pulpits.
In November, congregations and worker advocates are planning four National Wage Theft Days of Action calling for “Just Jobs.”The Rev. Paul Sherry, Coordinator of the Faith Advocates for Jobs Network and former president of the United Church of Christ, appeared in court today. He and other religious leaders were arrested while praying in the Capitol Rotunda during debt ceiling debate this summer.
Following his court appearance, Rev. Sherry is set to speak on Capitol Hill with unemployed workers, faith leaders and allies calling on the Senate to pass the American Jobs Act. “All of us must accept responsibility for the welfare of all,” Sherry said.
Congregations and worker advocates will join in during four National Wage Theft Days of Action, planned for Nov. 17-20. They will highlight the need for “Just Jobs” in cities across the U.S.“A just job is a sustainable job,” said Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice. “It’s a job with pay and benefits that can support a family, working for an employer who doesn’t steal your wages.”
A national planning webinar for the Days of Action is set for Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. (EST). Speakers include Laura Perez-Boston, Director at Houston Interfaith Worker Justice; the Rev. Renwick Bell of Miami; and Kim Bobo, author of THE revised and expanded Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Americans are not Getting Paid and What We Can Do About It. Contact Adam DeRose for more information or to register.
This is the third annual Wage Theft Days of Action organized by Interfaith Worker Justice, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of faith and labor since 1999. Contact Kelly Fryer at 773-710-9837 for more information or to schedule an interview Email: firstname.lastname@example.org