“Come, Walk with Us, the Journey Is Long”
This concluding chapter contemplates on the next stages of the living wage movement. The movement is best seen as a gateway to other worker justice struggles such as raising state and federal minimum wages, developing and enforcing anti-wage theft laws, fair treatment of undocumented workers, and negotiating community benefit agreements. As with previous campaigns, religious activists not only aim to enact concrete policies, but also build the moral agency of low-wage workers and their allies in order to alter the landscape of the political economy. As the movement enters new stages, the chapter reviews the lessons and challenges the movement's work has presented so far. Strong economic political agency for the working poor and their religious allies entails not only making good moral arguments, but also parallel work in bridge building, alternative political development, gendered leadership, and ritual renewal.
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