On November 10th, Rev. Drew Paton spent the day at rallies and store actions in Albany with fast food workers, and has shared his reflections on the day:
Last week was amazing. On Tuesday, New Yorkers all across the state came together to call for an end to poverty wages, racism, and the deportation of immigrants in the latest Fight for $15 day of action. To all of you who stood with workers in the streets or contacted your state representatives - THANK YOU!
November 10th was a powerful day of action, with striking workers leading the way to demand living wages and dignity at work. Strikes occurred in 270, with solidarity rallies in 500 cities globally. Here's a sampling of yesterday's media coverage from across New York, and photos from actions in Albany:
People of faith across New York are part of a growing movement to combat poverty and inequality by raising wages and protecting the rights of our lowest paid workers. A few months ago, fast food workers won a huge victory with the Wage Board decision to gradually raise wages to $15 in New York. But the struggle is not over. On November 10th, fast food workers will be joined by other low-wage workers all over the state to continue to call for living wages and a union. As people of faith, we are called to stand in solidarity with the poor, and make the moral case that all workers deserve wages that can provide a decent living. Will you stand with low-wage workers in your community on Nov. 10? Take the pledge below today, and we'll keep you updated on how to take action in person or online on the big day.
With 6 weeks left in this year's legislative session and scandals continuing to rock Albany, we're determined to keep attention on the scandal of New York's first-in-the-nation inequality. That's why we're returning to the State Capitol for four more Moral Mondays vigils, continuing to call on our leaders to pass urgently needed legislation to benefit the most vulnerable in our state.