Group fasts for higher minimum wage

By Conor Mooney

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One local group is willing to do just about anything to tout a cause, including giving up food for nearly two days, just to raise awareness.

The Greater Binghamton Labor-Religion Coalition announced the details Monday of this year's 40- hour-fast.

This year's theme is "Worker justice."

The goal is to urge state lawmakers to vote to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

Members of the group said Monday in times of high unemployment, raising minimum wage does not lead to job loss.

Members of the community are encouraged to fast for 40 hours, and use the time to think about priorities for workers.

"This is not just a justice issue, this is a moral issue. No one who works full time should live in poverty and have to depend on food pantries and soup kitchens to exist," said Amy Fleming, the coordinator of the Peace and Justice Center.

Others said lawmakers are dragging their feet on an important issue.

"This minimum wage issue is being held up in Albany, and it needs to move forward. People are suffering everyday under the burden of low-wage working," added Ben Frisbie, the Labor Co-Chair.

The fast begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday and finishes at noon Friday.

This is the group's 18th year of fasting for a cause.