Supporting Hyatt Workers One Step at a Time Faith Leaders Join in Interfaith Sabbath Walk for Justice

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News Advisory, November 15, 2012

Media Contact:
Cathy Junia, IWJ Communications Director
773-710-9837 /

CHICAGO – This weekend, the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) will host their annual joint convention at McCormick Place in Chicago. Many academic scholars, teachers and faith leaders are honoring Hyatt's global boycott and staying at other hotels.

Worker advocates and people of faith are planning a solidarity walk to support Hyatt hotel workers and AAR and SBL Sabbath-observant Jewish members who are honoring the boycott. In order to observe the Sabbath, these rabbis must walk (rather than use transportation) to the convention center

Participating in the Sabbath walk is a way to support Hyatt hotel workers, Sabbath observant Jewish boycotters, and to draw attention to the workers’ rights aspect of Sabbath observance.

The solidarity walk is set for 8 a.m., starting at Hilton, 720 S Michigan Ave.

For many years, Hyatt hotel workers have been fighting for a living wage, safer working conditions and dignity on the job. Interfaith Worker Justice organizes faith communities to support Hyatt workers.

WHAT: Interfaith Sabbath Justice Walk for Hyatt

WHO: Religious academics, faith leaders, worker advocates, Hyatt workers

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17 - 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave. (

CONTACT: J.R. Green, Organizing Intern, Interfaith Worker Justice
773-728-8400 *

 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.