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The Poverty-zone Reality Tour heads to New York City
United Workers

October 11, 2010
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This weekend, a delegation of United Workers members and allies will be in New York City for the second in our series of Poverty-zone Reality Tours to ramp up the pressure on GGP and Cordish and connect the Campaign for Fair Development with struggles for economic justice across the country. Check out this latest article about the campaign from Kari Lydersen from “In These Times” highlighting our National tours.

On Saturday, our friends and allies with The Poverty Initiative, an organization dedicated to raising up generations of faith leaders committed to building a movement to end poverty, will lead us in a walking Wall Street Reality Tour focusing on the people’s history of this financial and banking epicenter. Just blocks from Wall Street, the tour will end at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor! Well not exactly, it is actually called “South Street Seaport”, but guess who it is owned by? That’s right, GGP. There we’ll be joined by Domestic Workers United, ROC-NY, the Micah Institute, students from Ithaca College and others to educate consumers about the human cost of Poverty-zone development.

We are also very excited to time our tour to New York with the Living Wages NYC Campaign’s “Living Wages Weekend”, where over 60 house of worship throughout New York will preach on issues of economic justice and the need for the City Council to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. This Act would require that workers human right to a living wages would be respected in all publicly subsidized developments in the city. That Sunday, we testify at two of the congregations to share our past and present struggles for Living Wages and worker dignity and the need for all of us to be involved in requiring Fair Development standards.

Well, we can’t wait. Below is a schedule of events. Feel free to join us at any point along our Poverty-zone Reality Tour NY 2010. If you would like more information or to be a part of future tours, email info@unitedworkers.org.

Saturday, October 9th

12 PM– Wall Street Tour
Meet at at Battery Park near “The Sphere” monument to 9/11

3 PM— Consumer Action at South Street Seaport
Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17

6 PM— Dinner and Fair Development Roundtable at Union Theological Seminary

Sunday, October 10th

11 AM— Living Wages Testimony at Lemuel Haynes Congregational Church UCC

5 PM— Living Wages Testimony at Manhattan Mennonite Church