Philadelphia Interfaith Congregations To Raise 'Faith Army' This Weekend To Educate & Engage Voters
POWER's "Voter Sabbath" weekend (3/8 & 3/9) aims to get 5,000 "infrequent" voters to the polls in May and November by conducting sophisticated weekly phone banking techniques, getting signed voter commitment cards, and canvassing neighborhoods.
POWER will encourage voter participation in general. However, POWER's two areas of focus is making sure Pennsylvania's new governor establishes a fair funding formula for our schools, and generating support for a referendum on the May Primary ballot asking Philadelphia voters to strengthen the City’s minimum wage law. POWER – along with labor local SEIU32BJ and other allies – has been pushing for expansion of the 21st Century Minimum Wage Standard, which requires a $10.88/hour wage to workers on city contracts. POWER and its partners argue that firms regularly, and unfairly, skirt that requirement by subcontracting out large parts of their contracts. If passed, the referendum would close that loophole and extend the higher wage standard to thousands of subcontracted city workers who now live in poverty despite working full time.
A few of the POWER congregations hosting "Voter Sabbath" events this weekend are listed below. Members of the clergy at these congregations will talk about the importance of voting in their sermons, pass out voter pledge cards during service, and encourage members to sign up for phone banking and neighborhood canvassing. The media is invited to the following congregations:
1. Saturday 3/8 - 10am-1pm - Congregation Mishkan Shalom, at Freedland Ave. & Shurs Lane in Roxborough (19128)
2. Sunday 3/9 - 9am Mass & 11am Mass - St. Vincent's Depaul Catholic Church 109 East Price Street in Germantown (19144)
3. Sunday 3/9 - 9am -St. Martin in the Field Episcopal 8000 St. Martin's Lane Chestnut Hill (19118)
4. Sunday 3/9 - 11am -New Vision United Methodist Church 3259 N Broad St 19140
5. Sunday 3/9 - 11am - Mother Bethel AME Church 419 South 6th Street (19147)
For more information or to participate in POWER's "Voter Sabbath" this Saturday and Sunday, March 8th and 9th, go to www.powerphiladelphia.org or call POWER at (215) 215-232-7697. All media inquiries should be directed to Leslie Patterson-Tyler by calling (609) 247-2632 or email Leslie@TylerMadePR.com.
Leslie Patterson-Tyler, TylerMadePR.com