A Conversation About Minimum Wage, Education, and Civil Rights

United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez speaking at the AFL-CIO Convention in 2013.
Credit US Department of Labor / Creative Commons

On Monday, United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez came to Connecticut to discuss minimum wage increases with local business leaders, workers, and politicians. During his trip, he called us to talk about how states like Connecticut are handling a higher minimum wage. What effect could this have on employment in the United States? 

Listen to an extended audio version of our segment with Secretary Perez here.

We also hear from a local superintendent, whose recent letter to Governor Malloy laid out his concerns regarding changes to Connecticut’s educational system. He shares his thoughts on teacher evaluation requirements and the direction our schools are headed in.

Later, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., discusses her upcoming trip to Connecticut, where she’ll speak at Yale University about civil rights issues of the past and present. For her, one of the big civil rights issues is abortion.


  • Thomas Perez - United States Secretary of Labor
  • James Lombardo - East Lyme Superintendent 
  • Dr. Alveda King - Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries