This afternoon, we stood with Burger King workers in National City who are enduring unsafe working conditions that include lack of adequate ventilation and air conditioning in hot kitchens and bathroom breaks that are required by law. Many workers have been diagnosed with UTIs and kidney infections because of the lack of bathroom breaks and others have had trouble breathing in poorly ventilated kitchens full of greasy air. The ICWJ joined Burger King workers in demanding fair working conditions for people worthy of dignity and respect! In the photo above, Rev. Wayne Riggs, Interim Executive Director of the ICWJ, speaks out on behalf of the thousands of people of faith and conscience across San Diego County represented by the ICWJ saying that no human being should ever have to endure these kinds of conditions. #Fightfor15SD
This morning, Rev. Wayne Riggs spoke on behalf of the ICWJ to City Council to let them know that we support the will of the people in ensuring that all employers adhere to the new minimum wage and provide 5 earned sick days for all employees. We were joined by several organizations and allies in sharing public testimony. #PropI
ICWJ Executive Director Rev. Wayne Riggs, ICWJ Co-President Rev. Beth Johnson, and ICWJ Board Member, Imam Taha Hassane, had a great time this morning speaking to CPI’s Students for Economic Justice this afternoon on a “Faith and Organizing” Panel. Below are a few of the inspiring words shared:
Imam Taha Hassane: “If there is any injustice done to any living creature, I am mandated by my faith to stop it.” “Our nation is in need to hear the voice of social justice.”
Rev. Beth Johnson: “I can’t not do justice work. My faith is grounded in interconnectedness and my privilege demands that I participate.”
Rev. Wayne Riggs:
“The world does not need wall builders, but bridge builders. But you don’t build bridges by yourself — you connect with others who are passionate about bridge building too.”
Thank you, The Center on Policy Initiatives and the #SEJ Fellows for the opportunity to participate!