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Minimum wage–call Congress

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Last month when more than 600 Christians passionate about social justice came to Washington to demand an increase in the minimum wage as part of A Covenant for a New America, we knew good things were starting to happen. So far this year, 192 House members have asked for a vote to raise the minimum wage to $7.25, and just two weeks after the Covenant launch, 28 Republicans urged their leadership to hold a vote to increase the minimum wage this month. We and countless others have put on so much pressure to demand fair wages that later today, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on an increase to the minimum wage. Call representative your today at (202) 224-3121. Demand an increase in the minimum wage to at least $7.25/hour . This is the number for the Capitol Switchboard.Once you reach an operator, ask for representative your’s office. Once you reach the office, you might say something like: “As a person of faith, I believe that people who work hard and play by the rules should not be living in poverty.I ask that you vote in favor of legislation to raise the minimum wage to at least $7.25 an hour, and to oppose any “poison pill” provisions that would weaken existing minimum wage eligibility, overtime protections, or other labor laws. A job should keep you out of poverty, not in it! A raise in the minimum wage rewards work, and will lift countless families out of poverty.Thank you for your time.” *Note: Be sure to say “thank you” if your representative signed either the “discharge petition” or the letter linked below. After you call, forward this message to 10 friends who share your values.The vote could happen in the next several hours, so time is of the essence! The latest New York Times/CBS poll finds that more than 85 percent of respondents supported raising the minimum wage over the next two years to $7.25 an hour from $5.15 an hour. For more information about the minimum wage and how it traps people in poverty at its current level, here are some resources that you might find helpful: Economic analysis that debunks minimum wage myths, from the Economic Policy Institute. (in other words, how to answer the question, “but won’t increasing the minimum wage eliminate jobs?”) Minimum wage fact sheet put together by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. (PDF document) Find out if your representative signed a “discharge petition” to raise the minimum wage to $7.25/hour. (signed by 28 Republicans). Thank you very much for your time. Peace and Blessings, Yonce, Adam, Duane, Matt, Amy, Kevin, Nadia, Laurna, and Lou The Sojourners/Call to Renewal Policy and Organizing Team

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