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CLUE Justice: Our Story

Facing formidable opposition in 1996 from local politicians and business leaders to a living-wage law in Los Angeles, progressive faith leaders and allies worked to convince a decisive majority of City Council members to support the measure and commit to overriding a threatened veto from then-Mayor Richard Riordan. At that time, CLUE was nothing but a bunch of trouble-making pastors with an idea.

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The law passed in March 1997, assuring a livable wage for thousands and making it very clear that the progressive agenda had room — no, it needed — religious voices. A conversation began among clergy, social justice advocates and union members with a view to creating a faith-based nonprofit to organize the faith community to speak out for workers’ justice claims.