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Letter: Working for poor on Long Island

Keynote speaker Simone Campbell talks to hundreds of

Keynote speaker Simone Campbell talks to hundreds of Long Islanders at Touro Law Center for Long Island Jobs for Justice's annual Working But Still Poor conference. (May 3, 2013) Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

I was thrilled to see Newsday's coverage of the third annual "Working But Still Poor" conference sponsored by Long Island Jobs with Justice ["Making immigration strides," News, May 4].

What amazed me was the representation of presenters from faith groups, community organizations, labor unions and our government. It is most astounding that this conference must take place at all considering that, according to U.S. Census data from 2011, Nassau County was ranked as the 12th richest county in America with a median income of $91,414 and Suffolk County was ranked 23rd with a median income of $84,106.

Keynote speaker Sister Simone Campbell, who gained national attention last year when the Vatican criticized her and other U.S. nuns for being outspoken on issues of social justice while remaining silent on abortion and gay marriage, gave those of us who work with people who are marginalized on Long Island inspiration to keep working on what is right.

Maria Dayton, Seaford

Editor's note: The writer is the social ministry coordinator for St. James Church.