Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed a bill to provide retail workers with a living wage following pressure from Wal-Mart and other chains. The bill would have required large retailers to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour. Wal-Mart had threatened not to open three out of six stores planned for the area if the measure was passed. Mayor Gray called the bill a “job-killer,” saying Target, Home Depot and other retailers also objected. The D.C. City Council could still override the mayor’s veto. Wal-Mart workers have launched a series of strikes recently to demand higher wages and better conditions.
Each one of the 105 women who are here today understands how high the stakes are. We understand that passage of fair and humane immigration reform is not just a piece of legislation, but rather the ability for us to take care of our families, to keep our children safe and fed and in school, rather than preparing them for what they will see if they come home and find that a parent has been deported.
A security guard at the right-wing Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., was shot and wounded on Wednesday by a man who reportedly disagreed with the group’s views. Police say the shooter opened fire after the security guard confronted him in the lobby of the group’s offices. The suspect, identified as Floyd Corkins, reportedly expressed objections to the Family Research Council’s opposition to LGBT rights. Corkins had volunteered at the D.C. Center, an LGBT community center in Washington. The center quickly joined with more than 40 other LGBT rights groups to denounce the attack, saying: “We utterly reject and condemn such violence.”