Fasting for a better state budget

By Jillian Marshall

Fasting for a better state budget

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 5:14 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local coalition is urging the community to join their movement and fast for a better state budget.

"To show concern and some level of caring for everyone in our community, the low income people, the oppressed, the elderly, and speak out on their behalf and show that helping hand to them," said Rev. Fred Brooks, co-chairman of the Greater Binghamton Labor-Religion Coalition.

The 19th annual Greater Binghamton Labor-Religion Coalition fast kicks off Tuesday night at 8.

Co-chairmen of the Coalition, Brooks and Ben Frisbie, spoke about protecting the community's lower class with a moral New York State budget at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

During this 40 hour fast, Frisbie said it's a time to think about what the state's priorities are and ask for a change in the budget to better support the working class and the needy.

The fast starts Tuesday night at 8 p.m. and the fast will break at noon on Thursday. There will be a speaker at Denny's on the Parkway to conclude the fast.

Brooks said if you cannot fast, you can join the movement by calling state legislators and the governor.

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