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Plight of Working Poor Inspires Citywide Call for Living Wage

March 28, 2011

On Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death, New Yorkers Rally in Two Boroughs
Brooklyn and Bronx City Council Members, Faith Leaders, and Many Others to Demand Living Wage Jobs

What: On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed while fighting for living wage jobs. This April 4th, Brooklyn and Bronx rallies will honor his legacy as part of the growing citywide movement for a living wage at a time when far too many working people continue to struggle to survive, despite working full-time hours. Through story, song, and sermon, they will convey a sense of crisis and rally for action.

On this historic occasion, elected officials from Brooklyn and the Bronx will join faith leaders, labor leaders, community leaders, and local residents in pushing for swift passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, popular legislation that will help create more living wage jobs.

Brooklyn

Who: The event is co-hosted by the following Brooklyn City Council members: Charles Barron, Mathieu Eugene, Sara Gonzalez, Letitia James, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin Darlene Mealy, Albert Vann, and Jumaane Williams. Along with these Council members, faith leaders, labor leaders, community leaders, and Brooklyn residents will participate.

When/Where: Monday, April 4, 2011, 6:00 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, 265 Bergen Street (between Nevins St. and 3rd Avenue), Brooklyn, NY

The Bronx

Who: The event is co-hosted by the following Bronx elected officials: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.; Bronx City Council Member G. Oliver Koppell; and other elected officials, faith leaders, labor leaders, community leaders, and local Bronx residents will participate.

When/Where: Monday, April 4, 2011, 7:00 p.m., Bronx Pentecostal Deliverance Center 1755 Watson Ave. Bronx, NY (6 Train to Lawrence)

Video/Photo/Sound: Elected officials, faith leaders, labor leaders, community leaders, and local residents will be available for photo ops and on-site interviews.