National Day of Prayer for Walmart Supply Chain Workers People of Faith Call for Justice for Bangladeshi Factory Fire Workers

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For Immediate Release, December 20, 2012

Cathy Junia, Interfaith Worker Justice
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National – People of faith across the country are planning prayer vigils outside Walmart stores on Saturday, Dec. 22, to remember the 112 Bangladeshi workers who died in a tragic factory fire last month, and call on Walmart to take responsibility for allowing dangerous working conditions within its supply chain.

The victims of the tragic fire at Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh produced Faded Glory brand of clothing for Walmart.

“Mother Jones says, ‘Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.’ We will pray for those who lost their lives, and challenge those in leadership to do more to raise standards for all workers – here and abroad,” said Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Kim Bobo. “Our faith calls us to pray and challenge injustice.”

In a letter to be delivered to store managers on Dec. 22, people of faith are asking Walmart to support a full and transparent investigation of the tragedy and take meaningful steps towards preventing future tragedies.

Faith communities are also asking the retail giant to provide emergency relief including coverage of medical costs; full and fair compensation covering loss of future earnings as well as damages for the injured and families of the dead; and ensure wages continue to be paid for all workers and that all workers are offered priority hiring at equivalent or higher salary levels.

A list of prayer vigils are can be found at or at

Last month, clergy and faith communities led prayer vigils at more than a hundred Walmart stores across the country to support the Black Friday actions and work stoppages led by Walmart store and warehouse workers.

For information about any of the actions happening on Saturday, Dec. 22 or to schedule an interview, contact Cathy Junia or 773-710-9837.

Interfaith Worker Justice has been organizing, educating and advocating at the intersection of work and faith since 1996. There are 70 affiliated organizations in the IWJ network, including a variety of interfaith groups and more than two dozen worker centers. More groups form every year.