‘Day of All People’: Faith leaders, advocates lobby for immigrant reform, paid sick days

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Interfaith Center held their annual ‘Day for All People’ on Wednesday. The organization calls it the most exciting day of the year.

Nearly 300 faith leaders and advocates traveled from all over Virginia to lobby at the General Assembly. First, they packed into the pews of Centenary United Methodist Church on East Grace Street before walking over to the General Assembly building.

“This is one of the most exciting days of the year where hundreds of people of all faiths and backgrounds come together with a powerful voice to advocate justice at the General Assembly,” Kim Bobo, VICPP’s Executive Director said.

The day began with a briefing on key legislation. Next, participants met with their delegates and senators to advocate for bills they are passionate about.

“We may worship differently but when it comes down to the truth of the matter it’s all about how we treat one another.”

Rodney Hunter, pastor at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
Nearly 300 faith leaders and advocates traveled from all over Virginia to lobby at the General Assembly.

This year VICPP said they are supporting legislation regarding paid sick days for workers, wage theft reform, predatory lending reform, immigrant rights and environmental justice.

Whether your worship in a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, Pastor Hunter and his fellow faith leaders agree that the issues plaguing people are the same.

“Our job is to make sure those who are hungry are fed, those who are naked are clothed, that’s our responsibility as faith leaders,” Pastor Hunter said.

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