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All workers deserve a living wage job. But in Minneapolis, nearly 30% of us live in poverty. For immigrants, poverty rates are nearly 40%, for African Americans its over 45%, and for single women its nearly 55%.
New mayor Betsy Hodges and many on city council pledged to make closing the racial equity gaps — in education, housing, healthcare, and jobs — their highest priority. Let’s hold them to this pledge by demanding living wage jobs for all as part of a wider equity agenda.
Join our call on Minneapolis City Council to apply all its powers, including expanding the living wage ordinance, to ensure every worker in the city receives a minimum of $15/hr. We’re urging the Mayor and Council to publicly endorse national calls for a $15/hr minimum wage.
***What is 15 Now?
$15 Now in Seattle is poised in 2014 to win $15/hr in the first major U.S. city. Voters in SeaTac, a small city outside Seattle, recently passed a ballot initiative for $15. A leader in the Fight for $15 in Seattle, Kshama Sawant, shocked the corporate elite by winning a City Council seat in Seattle as a Socialist Alternative candidate. Newly elected Mayor Ed Murray has also declared his support for $15.
But big business will not let this pass without a fight, in Seattle or anywhere else. They will mobilize their resources to derail, delay, and dilute efforts to end the poverty wages that are the source of their profits.
The only way we can counter the power of Corporate America is by building powerful grassroots campaigns including community meetings, rallies, direct actions and strikes.
Initiated in Seattle by Kshama Sawant, 15 Now is going national with the support of a growing number of unions and community groups across the country who have come together to organize this movement. A victory in Seattle in 2014 would open the floodgates for working people to demand $15/hr in cities across the country. But it will not happen automatically.
We need you to get involved. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join this historic campaign, donate at www.15now.org/donate and help fund the fight for 15! We will need real resources to organize the struggle and counter the lies and propaganda of the richest 1%. We are relying on you – workers, young people, and activists – to build a powerful movement demanding a living wage for all workers.