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A Citywide Living Wage Event to Kickoff Thanksgiving Week

November 21, 2011

Featuring NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan of Catholic Charities, Elected Officials, and Special Guests

***Rising Poverty and Hunger Show Urgency of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act***

Monday, November 21, 6:30 p.m., The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive (Near West 120th Street), Manhattan

WHAT: Poverty and hunger are on the rise in New York City. This Thanksgiving, many working poor New Yorkers won’t be able to afford a decent meal because they are not earning a living wage. At this historic mass meeting, civil rights leaders, elected officials, faith leaders, labor leaders, and local residents will demand living wage jobs for all New Yorkers, and push for passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, City Council legislation. This event is the latest in a series of major actions organized by Living Wage NYC, a large, diverse, and growing coalition representing New Yorkers from across the five boroughs. It will set the stage for a major City Council hearing on the legislation the following day in lower Manhattan.

WHO: Benjamin Jealous, President & CEO, NAACP;Monsignor Kevin Sullivan of Catholic Charities; Rev. Dr. Jesse T. Williams Jr., Senior Pastor, Convent Avenue Baptist Church; Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President; Oliver Koppell, City Council member and lead sponsor of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act; Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU); Robert Jackson, City Council member; Daniel Garodnick, City Council member; Letitia James, City Council member; Daniel Dromm, City Council member; Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council member; Jimmy Van Bramer, City Council member; Jumaane Williams, City Council member; Brad Lander, City Council member; Mathieu Eugene, City Council member; Margaret Chin, City Council member (List in formation).

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, November 21, 6:30 p.m. The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive (Near West 120th Street), Manhattan