40 hour fast draws attention to oppressed workers
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Kerry Kennedy took part in a 40 hour fast which wrapped up on Thursday. Kennedy and others hoped to bring attention to what the group calls the state's most oppressed workers.
Faith, labor, and other community members took part in a fast from 8 p.m. Tuesday through 12 p.m. on Thursday. During the fast, groups from across the state called on elected officials to give equal protections for all workers and to raise minimum wage to $9 an hour with indexing, meaning increases would be tied to the rate of inflation. Those who participated say it's a fast for justice.
"We're praying for our brothers and sisters who toil the field, who often do not get a day off or paid for overtime. And we're paying for all those who work full time but at the end of the week can't put food on the table for their children," said Bishop Howard Hubbard, Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.
Hubbard went on to say more people need to be aware of the wages certain workers are paid.