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Interfaith Leaders, Jobless Workers Hold Flower Prayer Vigil on Capitol Hill to Call on Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits

December 7, 2011, 12:02 pm | Posted by Kristin Ford

Community members, jobless workers from around the country, and interfaith clergy leaders will hold a flower prayer vigil at Upper Senate Park on December 8 at 11 a.m. to call for justice for the jobless.

Millions of jobless workers and their families are at risk of losing their unemployment insurance lifeline if Congress fails to pass an extension by the end of the month. The prayer service will include stories from jobless workers and an action with thousands of white carnations that symbolize jobless Americans. It will lead into a day of lobbying Congress to extend unemployment benefits immediately.

The vigil on the Hill is one of many taking place across the country for a national day of mobilization to urge Congressional leaders in D.C. and in their districts to pass the extension of unemployment benefits.

WHO: Unemployed workers and interfaith clergy leaders including:
Rev. Paul Sherry—Director, DC Office, Interfaith Worker Justice and Coordinator, Faith Advocates for Jobs Campaign
Rabbi Elizabeth Richman—Jews United for Justicee
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik—Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
Rev. Jennifer Butler—Executive Director, Faith in Public Life
Rev. Michael Livingston—Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative
Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church

WHAT: Interfaith prayer vigil for unemployed workers

WHEN: Thursday, December 8 at 11:00 A.M.

WHERE:    Upper Senate Park
New Jersey Ave and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

Reporters interested in attending please contact: Amaya Tune: atune@aflcio.org

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