PODCAST: Previewing the Jesuit Conference’s Advocacy Issues in 2016

In this week's episode of the Ignatian Solidarity Network Podcast, we are visited by two guests from the National Advocacy Office at the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States to preview the issues that they will be taking up this year. Policy Director Shaina Aber and Policy Associate Matt Cuff joined ISN executive Christopher Kerr by phone from their offices in Washington, D.C. to discuss the recent raids of Central American migrants in the United States, prospects of reform to the criminal justice system, the minimum wage campaign, and more.

Multi-Faith Coalition Calls for Federal Minimum Wage Increase

National faith-based advocacy organizations have called on members of Congress to support legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020.

ACTION ALERT: Support Low-Wage Workers on 5th Anniversary of Last Minimum Wage Increase

The current minimum wage today yields an annual salary of about $15,080—which is below the poverty level for any size family that includes even one child. It's been five years since Congress raised the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25). As Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., (former president of Catholic Charities USA) says often, "raising the minimum wage is about dignity and it is about justice."