The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is inviting Pope Francis to visit the city to see how low-wage workers in the United States are struggling in a stagnant economy. A letter from the federation's executive secretary-treasurer, María Elena Durazo, praises the pope for his support for paying workers a living wage. Working family supporters from around the country are encouraged to sign the letter. The letter reads:
Dear Holy Father,
I am writing to invite you to come to our home, the City of Angels. Nowhere in America are more working people making shamefully low wages as there are in Los Angeles.
I was born into a very rich, very poor immigrant family. We were farm workers who migrated with the crops but we always carried with us our faith, our hope, and our sense of obligation to those who had even less than we did.
Since joining César Chávez, I have dedicated myself to the simple idea that no one who works hard should stay poor.
Your profound embrace of the moral imperative that work is worthy of a wage that allows every human to form and support a family inspires me to continue.
We hope you will take joy in our campaign to allow others to join in our invitation to you. We call it “InvitingPopeFrancisToLosAngeles.org”—it befits a pope who allows us to follow him first on Twitter and then follow him to make the world a better place.
You can sign the letter at InvitingPopeFrancisToLosAngeles.org.