The 15 Now Action Groups hit the ground running over the weekend with 5 initial Seattle District meetings. Already several of the District groups have divided into Neighborhood and Campus Action Groups, set their next meetings, and made initial plans for action!
The February 15th Day of Organizing was a great success, with Action Groups being initiated in every district in Seattle. It was standing room only in SEIU 775’s downtown headquarters, as 400 people took part throughout the day.
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The fight for 15 is taking off all around the country. Today organizers of 15 Now and Raise the Wage Davis (RWD) spoke about ways we can collaborate in our efforts to raise the minimum wage. Raise the Wage Davis was just formed recently, inspired by the victory of a $15 an hour ballot initiative in SeaTac and the election victory of Kshama Sawant last fall. They plan to collect 7,000 signatures by May 1 in order to get an initiative on the ballot this fall which would raise the minimum wage of all workers in Davis, California to $15 an hour.
With local hip-hop artist RA Scion performing on stage and the bass turned to full blast, the 15 Now campaign and its community allies celebrated the closing of the long-awaited February 15th Day of Organizing, Education, and Music. Upwards of 400 people paraded into SEIU 775’s headquarters throughout the day, filling up every seat and spilling into the hallways to listen to speakers like Green Party 2012 Presidential candidate Jill Stein, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, and SEIU Local 775 President David Rolf. But, most remarkable was the experience of participating in the workshops facilitated by (extra)ordinary workers and activists, who organized themselves into neighborhood action groups, shared experiences on movement building, and discussed responses to common questions about raising the minimum wage. This weekend will prove to be a critical time of preparation, as we carry this movement to new heights with the March For 15 on March 15th, massive May Day actions, and much more to come this year until a $15/hour minimum wage is won!
If you missed this tremendously successful event, or you were there but want to relive those epic moments, watch this news coverage!
Only 3 days remain to gather round all your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, classmates, your favorite bus driver, etc. and bring them to this Saturday’s huge day of organizing, education, music, and rallying to WIN a $15/hour minimum wage in Seattle! And just one more reason why you should not miss this: the amazingly awesome speaker lineup. Presenting…
A report from THE STRANGER newspaper today:
Vast Majority of Seattle Voters Support $15 Minimum Wage
New Poll Shows 68 Percent Support Higher Pay
February 12, 2014
If minimum-wage opponents weren’t already shitting bricks, they’re in for an awfully uncomfortable bowel movement: A new poll finds a stunning 68 percent of Seattle voters support a straight-up hike in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. No exemptions, no phase-ins, no strings attached.
OUR POWER LIES IN OUR NUMBERS!
Let’s get ourselves and as many of our friends/family/coworkers together as possible to make our voices heard at the next Port of Seattle Commission meeting Tuesday, February 11th, 1:00pm at Port of Seattle Headquarters (2711 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98121).