Tuesday, January 30, 2018
STAND UP KC CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF FIGHT FOR $15-AN-HOUR MINIMUM WAGE!!!
This week Kansas City activists celebrate a milestone and a dream of higher wages not yet realized.
There's no denying that Stand Up KC has made an impact on the local discourse despite mostly stagnant wages on the lower end of the pay scale.
Voters and City Hall have moved to raise wages locally despite preexisting prohibitions by Missouri State law which have consistently undermined the effort. Nevertheless, companies like Walmart, Target and many fast food outlets have raised their wages without legislative requirement - These increases wouldn't have happened without outcry from Stand Up KC and their allies across the nation.
The "Fight For $15" movement has been met with harsh criticism by skeptics who cite increased automation and the negative impact of mandated higher wages on small biz . . . Nevertheless, the mobilization of the working poor into the political fray offers an important perspective as income disparity become a growing American dilemma.
And so, the struggle of these activists continues with an upcoming party that cleverly asks for $15 advance tickets . . .
5 Years and Rising: A Celebration of Stand Up KC
Join low wage workers, The Grisly Hand, Fred Wickham Music & the Hadacol Caravan and The Country Duo as we mark a historic milestone: Stand Up KC’s fifth year of building the Fight for $15 and a union movement in KC.
We honor the history we made - together. We celebrate overcoming racial divisions as workers; the powerful organization we built and the key role we played in building a new national movement. We honor our sacrifice, strikes, marches, and the 100s of KC workers and allies who’ve carried on the tradition of non-violent civil disobedience in the fight for freedom. We honor historic minimum wage increases KC workers made possible. We exalt our efforts to advance the nation’s great social movements and weave them into a new American identity, an identity of working people - black, brown and white, native and foreign born, LGBTQ and straight, and men and women. We are one nation and one people who know we don’t go anywhere unless we go together!
Ironically, there's word that Mayor Sly James is slated to speak at this event despite the fact that he sold out these workers when they needed his help the most.
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