MEDIA ADVISORY: Kim Bobo, founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, to present at two Triangle-area events

Director of the national advocacy organization, author of Wage Theft in America will be available for interviews during week of September 24

WHO: Kim Bobo, founder and director of Interfaith Worker Justice
WHERE: Raleigh and Durham
WHAT: On September 27, Bobo will speak in Raleigh at the NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon event, followed by a keynote address for the Center for the Study of Class, Labor and Social Sustainability at Duke University
WHEN: Tuesday, September 25 – Friday, September 28.

RALEIGH (September 19, 2012) – Kim Bobo, founder and director of the national advocacy organization Interfaith Worker Justice, will be appearing at two events in the Triangle during the week of September 25. Bobo will be available for media interviews throughout her visit.

Bobo founded Interfaith Worker Justice in 1996, which has become a leader in the fight for economic and worker justice since 1996 at the local, state, and national levels, through organizing, educating, and mobilizing people of faith to change the practices and policies that leave so many people in need. The organization includes over 70 affiliates and 20 worker centers around the U.S. Bobo was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009.

On Thursday, September 27, Bobo will be appearing at the NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon event to discuss how wage theft is undermining the rights of working people. Bobo helped coin the phrase “wage theft” for employer practices that are robbing earned income from millions of Americans. Her book Wage Theft in America helped spark a wave of municipal ordinances and state legislation to address the widespread issue, as well as improved the way the Department of Labor addresses wage issues across the U.S.

Bobo will also be presenting at Duke Divinity School on the evening of September 27 with a keynote address entitled “The Moral Urgency of Worker Justice,” the inaugural speech for the new multi-campus Center for the Study of Class, Labor and Social Sustainability based at Duke University. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with Triangle-area faith leaders: Rev. Nelson N. Johnson, Beloved Community Center; Justin Flores, Farm Labor Organizing Committee; MaryBe McMillan, NC AFL-CIO; Rabbi Eric Solomon, Beth Meyer Synagogue;   and Barbara Zelter, NC State University.

With this visit, Interfaith Worker Justice will be launching a new Triangle-area affiliate. Bobo will be accompanied throughout her visit by Rev. Michael Livingston, the new national policy director of Interfaith Worker Justice, and former Director of the Poverty Initiative of the National Council of Churches and former Executive Director of the International Council of Community Churches, who is also available for interviews.

Bobo will arrive in the Triangle on Tuesday, September 25, and will remain in the area until Friday, Sept. 28. She is available for interviews Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, as well as additional afternoon slots. Inquire with Nancy MacLean for more information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy MacLean, Arts and Sciences Professor of History and Director of the CLASS Center at Duke University, nancy.maclean@duke.edu, (919) 937-9409.

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