Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Just do it

NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, is urging Catholics to take action to raise the federal minimum wage.
Call and email your Representative and Senators, urge them to propose and pass a “clean” minimum wage bill this session.

The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121. You can email via NETWORK’s web site at

Poverty data, released August 27th, verifies that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and almost all working families continued to widen in 2005. Congress gave themselves a pay hike, and further reduced taxes on the wealthiest earlier this session. Yet, they seem unwilling to lift full-time low-wage workers to a level which would still leave a family of four below the poverty level.

We call on Congress to be righteous, as the prophet Ezekiel outlines for us, the righteous one “does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, … gives bread to the hungry, … does not take advance or accrued interest, withholds his hand from iniquity, executes true justice … acting faithfully.” (Ezekiel 18: 5-9)

Click here for more information on the minimum wage.