#FightFor15 petition delivery, plus next steps

Rev. Emily McNeill | March 24, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you for signing the petition Tell NY Lawmakers: Don’t back down on #FightFor15On Monday we held a powerful vigil in the New York State Capitol with leaders of all faiths coming from all over the state. Then we delivered signatures from 125 faith leaders and 504 other people of faith to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Click here to read the Syracuse Post-Standard’s coverage. You can also see pictures from the day and read our press release here.

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Now I’m writing to ask you to take action again. Days away from the April 1 budget deadline, we’re hearing disturbing reports that the legislature may raise the wage to $15 for workers in NYC by 2018, but only give upstate workers a raise to $12 or $13 by 2021. This is not acceptable. By 2021, $15 will not be enough to support even a single full-time worker, let alone a family. Anything less than that means the perpetuation of poverty throughout most of our state.

In response, we’re holding another Moral Monday and this time we’ll hold vigil for a full 24 hours, calling on our leaders to do the right thing and pass a $15 wage for all workers, statewide. To join us at the Capitol, click here.

If you can’t be at the Capitol, you can still take part by joining a 24-hour fast in solidarity with those keeping vigil. Your participation – wherever you are in New York – will help send a strong message to legislators and the public about the importance of addressing poverty and inequality in the budget. RSVP to let us know you will fast in support.

Blessings and solidarity,
Rev. Emily McNeill

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