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).
There is no one better to get Seattle pumped up for the Fight For 15 in the year ahead than dynamic hip-hop artist RA Scion, who will be performing at the Feb. 15th Day of Organizing, Education & Music. Also performing is the beautiful spoken word and smooth jazz fusion stylings of Epiphany Jam Experience. Please help us build for this event and spread the word.
Preview RA Scion here:
Preview Epiphany Jam Experience here:
Councilmember Kshama Sawant testified today at the Washington State House Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Below we publish the transcript from her testimony.
In the State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is going to call for a national minimum wage of $10.10. Then in their response the Republicans will say that’d be a huge disaster that would make the Washington Monument fall over, Mt. Rushmore explode, etc. But here’s what neither Obama or the GOP will tell you…
Saturday, February 15th 2pm
SEUI 775 Headquarters
215 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98144
The Fight for 15 in Seattle has been gathering momentum, but winning $15/hour will require the active participation of thousands.
Big business will not let a $15 minimum wage pass without a fight. 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 a massive grassroots campaign with local neighborhood and campus action groups, town hall meetings, mass rallies, and strikes.