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Low-wage workers ‘strike’ as Pope heads to D.C.

Amanda Guillen
Advocates sing, “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be all right,” from Bob Marley’s song “Three Little Birds.” They marched to the Capitol on Tuesday to advocate for better benefits for low-wage workers. Photo courtesy of SHFWire.

WASHINGTON – Advocates welcomed Pope Francis to what they call the land of inequality as part of a march to the east front steps of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning. The pope will speak there on Thursday.

The advocacy group Good Jobs Nation focuses on calling for sufficient benefits for low-wage workers along with encouraging federal contract companies to provide living wages for their employees.

The group includes low-wage workers who, according to their website, “serve America through federal contracts, concessions and leases with private businesses.” The website emphasizes that low-wage workers serve their employers who reap billions of dollars in profits from taxpayers every year.

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The peaceful marchers sang Bob Marley’s song “Three Little Birds.” Some some dressed in cassocks, the traditional clothing of the priests and the pope.

Some in the group held signs and some held crucifixes anticipating the pope’s arrival in D.C. late in the day. The group posted updates on the march on its twitter account,asking that, during his visit, Pope Francis send a message about the dignity of work.

Reach reporter Amanda Guillen at [email protected] or 202-408-1490.

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Amanda Guillen, Editor-in-Chief
Amanda Guillen is a senior multimedia journalism major with a minor in women's studies. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and graduated from El Paso High School in 2011. She has been a part of The Prospector since summer 2013 and is currently Managing Editor. She has always had a passion for journalism and plans to become a television news reporter upon graduating from UTEP. In addition to being a full-time student and reporter, she is a part of two honor societies on campus, Alpha Lambda Delta and the National Society of Leadership and Success where she participates in community service regularly. Amanda also interns for KVIA Channel 7 the El Paso affiliate of ABC. Her love for the city of El Paso is something that led her to choose UTEP as her school of choice. She has enjoyed her past 3 years at the university and looks forward to an eventful school year.
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Low-wage workers ‘strike’ as Pope heads to D.C.