Tuesday evening: Group to protest low pay, poverty issues outside Shelton store

A group upset about low wages for workers will stage a rally at the Shelton Walmart on Tuesday during what is being called “a statewide day of action around inequality and poverty.”

Vigils for Inequality plans to hold the protests near stores, fast-food restaurants, and public buildings and parks around the state to “highlight growing inequality in Connecticut and demand action to create an economy that works for everyone, not just the rich.”

The events will feature local community members holding candles and signs, and telling stories about how economic inequality has affected their lives.

The Shelton vigil is set for Walmart, 465 Bridgeport Ave., at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8.

 

Organizers: Impacts suburbs as well

Organizers said the vigils will take place the towns and cities where poverty has increased, according to a recent report from Connecticut Voices for Children.

The study, released in January, has illustrated that this crisis is not limited to any particular region or urban center, but affects communities across the state in rural, suburban and urban areas, according to organizers.

 

CT has ‘extreme economic inequality’

“Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, with some of the most extreme economic inequality,” organizers said in a press release. “Bridgeport, Connecticut is one of the most unequal areas of the country, comparable to developing countries in the difference between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots.’”

Organizers said the state legislature is considering several bills that can help build a fair economy and help alleviate poverty — including the need to address student debt and create a public retirement savings plan.

 

Nearby vigils

Other nearby locations and times for vigils on Tuesday are:

 

Ansonia/Seymour

Burger King, 20 Pershing Drive, Ansonia

5 p.m.

 

Bridgeport

McDonald’s

900 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport

6 p.m.

 

Stratford

Paradise Green, Main Street, Stratford

5 p.m.

 

 

 

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