Senator Kennedy At UU Church of “Presidents”

Mark This Date on Your
Calendars!!  Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

WHO:      US Senator Edward
Kennedy
WHAT:     Speaking for a Just Minimum Wage
WHEN:     Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16th at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE:   United First Parish
Unitarian, Quincy MA (the historic "Church of the
Presidents’)
                1306 Hancock St., Quincy, MA.

The
church is located in Quincy Center opposite Quincy City Hall and at the Quincy
Center T Station stop (Red Line, Braintree branch).  Street parking will be
available on the MLK holiday as well as at nearby public garages. For directions
see http://www.ufpc.org or call (617) 773-1290
x3.

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United First Parish Unitarian in Quincy MA is hosting a LET JUSTICE
ROLL Living Wage event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16th at
2:30 p.m.

The event will feature US Senator Edward Kennedy of
Massachusetts, who will speak on the moral obligation and urgent necessity for
increasing the minimum wage at the federal level as one step toward achieving a
living wage.  The national minimum wage has not been raised for eight years. To
have the purchasing power it had in 1968 the minimum wage would have to be
$9.05/hour today, $3.90 more than the current minimum wage of
$5.15/hour.

Senator Kennedy has been working with the national
non-partisan interfaith and community LET JUSTICE ROLL Living Wage campaign to
introduce federal legislation to raise the national minimum wage. The campaign
is also working in several states to raise the state minimum wage through ballot
initiatives and legislation.  See http://www.LetJusticeRoll.org for MLK Living Wage
Worship Service and Event Resources and for a comprehensive report released in
November: A Just Minimum Wage:  Good for Workers, Business and Our
Future.

The UUA and UUSC are both active members in the LET JUSTICE ROLL
Living Wage Campaign.  Hundreds of worship services and events will be held
across the country on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend by the coalition members
that include over 50 faith and community organizations.

The United First
Parish Unitarian Church of Quincy, and their minister Rev. Sheldon Bennett, have
been staunch advocates for economic justice through their active participation
in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, which has led the Justice for
Janitors campaign, the establishment of the MA Affordable Housing Trust, and is
currently engaged in the Health Care for All initiative.

"There is nothing but a lack of social vision to
prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American [worker] whether he is
a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid, or day laborer."
–The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.

 
 
Susan Leslie
Director for Congregational Advocacy &
Witness
UUA, 25 Beacon St., Boston MA 02108
617-948-4607; sleslie@uua.org
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