From Greater Binghamton Labor-Religion Coalition:

On Monday, March 11, 2013, the Greater Binghamton Labor-Religion Coalition will hold a 3:00 P.M. Press Conference at the Broome County Council of Churches office at 3 Otseningo St., Binghamton to announce its Annual 40-Hour FAST.

The theme of this year’s FAST is Worker Justice. The fast will begin at 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 13th, and conclude at 12:00 Noon on Friday, March 15th.

The Press Conference will provide information about the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State and the Annual 40-Hour FAST, its purpose and history. Speakers will remind the community of the importance of laborers and of justice in the work place. The event will serve as an invitation to all in the wider community to participate in a forty-hour period when the needs of workers are highlighted and new commitments can be made to work for justice.

The Greater Binghamton Labor-Religion Coalition is one of several chapters associated with the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, a network of people of faith and labor which calls upon our values and morality to give a voice to workers. The annual FAST provides a time to alter our daily habits and to focus upon the personal needs of self and those around us. Fasting is a process which can bring a closer awareness of abundance and want, excess and scarcity, justice and injustice.

In addition to the invitation to fast, the Labor-Religion Coalition invites all citizens to help implement a just system in the work place. During this special period and in the coming weeks across New York State, individuals, religious congregations, and labor communities will be calling upon our elected leaders and enlightened employers to increase the minimum wage and to work toward implementing a living wage for all workers.

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