Washington contract workers are taking advantage of Pope Francis' historic visit to Washington, D.C. today as they plan to go on strike to push the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he will stand with the workers during the procession to the Capitol to draw attention to their cause, Politico
The strike was organized by Good Jobs Nation and is set to begin at 9:30 a.m., just a head of the pope's meetings with President Obama, Politico notes.
"With hands outstretched, the workers and clergy will pray that the hearts of America’s elected leaders are touched by the words of Francis and that they will use their powers to lift contract workers out of poverty," Good Jobs Nation said in a press release.
Along with Bernie Sanders, Politico added that National Council of Churches General Secretary Jim Winkler, Riverside Church of New York City Rev. Michael Livingston, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative Executive Director Rev. Sekinah Hamlin, and Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Rudy Lopez will also appear in the "prayer action" at the Capitol Dome to urge lawmakers to address their demands.
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