Does the General Assembly make you feel ashamed? Do you ever feel like those legislators are personally out to get you, promoting ignorance and bigotry just to perpetuate the most oppressive aspects of our state’s legacy? This time, don’t let them get away with it. On Wednesday, April 4th, help the Virginia Organizing Project remind the GA that they cannot keep people down without being publicly shamed for thier campaign against progressive values.
Reasons and signifiance… Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. protested for civil rights and against war. But it wasn’t until he waged a “poor people’s campaign” that he was killed on April 4th, 1968 while supporting underpaid black janitors in the South. Sound familiar? At this symbolic public protest in downtown Richmond, we will mourn the fact that our government continues to kill the dream of economic justice.
Funeral Announcement for the Death of the Minimum Wage Increase in Virginia
Funeral services for the proposed Minimum Wage Increase in Virginia will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2007 in Richmond. Mourners will gather at the corner of Broad Street and 5th at 10:30 a.m. and join in a funeral procession beginning at 11:00 a.m. going to the Bell Tower in Capital Square with services at approximately 11:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be the working families and residents of the state who fought diligently for the bill’s passage in this year’s General Assembly.
The Minimum Wage Increase, which is a decade overdue, was killed on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, in the State Capitol by the Virginia House of Delegates on a 53-43 procedural vote. This came despite the efforts of thousands of hard-working Virginians to raise the minimum wage for the first time in a decade and despite the fact that 29 other states have already increased their minimum wage.
Please Join us for either the procession or the services to mourn the loss of the Minimum Wage Increase in Virginia.