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10 REASONS TO FIGHT FOR A $15 MINIMUM WAGE
Just now some class-traitor was trying to argue that raising the minimum wage in Chicago (or anywhere else for that matter) would hurt the economy by raising the cost of living (rent, commodities, etc.,) and halting job-creation, soooooo I put together this list of reasons why he’s wrong. My friend suggested I turn this list into a pamphlet or zine to distribute at school/protests/etc which I might do over spring break next week. Anyway, I thought people might find this useful when trying to make the case for raising the minimum wage with those who oppose it.
Hope it helps you win some arguments!
1- $47 million people (including 1 in 4 children) live in poverty in the richest country in the world and it’s not because they don’t “work hard” (if you’ve ever worked a low-wage you know how physically demanding and degrading they are), it’s because the ruling class needs to keep millions of people impoverished in order to remain the 1%.
2- $450 billion would be injected into the economy EVERY YEAR if the minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour.
3- The average hourly wage for downtown retail and food service workers in Chicago is $9.34 while the average hourly pay for the CEOs of those stores and restaurants is $6,000. So the reason why they’re rich is because they keep their workers (whether in Bangladesh, Guatemala, China, or Chicago), the ones whose labor ACTUALLY produces the profits, in poverty.
4- If the minimum wage had kept up with the increase in worker productivity, our minimum wage today would be $22 an hour. Why is it not? Because corporations spend millions of dollars every year lobbying congress to keep the minimum wage stagnant so that their profits soar.
5- Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour won’t raise the cost of living if we make the corporations take the hit (they can MORE than afford it), and because the Federal Reserve does not allow price levels to rise more than 2% per year.
6- NOT EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY OR MEANS TO ATTEND COLLEGE AND THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO LIVE IN POVERTY FOR THAT REASON.
7- Even with a college degree (associates or bachelors), there AREN’T ENOUGH NON LOW-WAGE JOBS to accommodate all new graduates, which is why more than ever, degree-holding individuals are FORCED to work low-wage jobs while they search (often for years) for jobs in their fields. This is because ONE THIRD OF ALL JOBS in Chicago are low-wage jobs. After the 2008 economic crisis that was caused by the 1% and their banker buddies, 52% of all new jobs created nationally have been, and continue to be, in the low-wage service sector. In 2011 the United States officially became a service (i.e. low wage) economy as tech jobs and production jobs continue to be outsourced.
8- Raising the minimum wage would increase economic activity in Chicago which would in turn create a demand for new jobs. 1 new job would be created for every 25 workers making the new minimum wage of $15 an hour.
9- It is a scientifically proven fact that poverty and income inequality PRODUCE CRIME as individuals seek out extra-legal ways of generating income. Raising the minimum wage would significantly reduce crime by creating jobs in the communities which need economic stimulation the most.
10- WORKER’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS and regardless of the opinion of people who devalue the work that low-wage workers do, EVERYONE DESERVES A LIVING WAGE. PERIOD.
We have, as a society, such a completely disordered, distorted perception of female bodies that the vast majority of people are incapable of recognising what “overweight” actually looks like on a woman, let alone “healthy”. As such, we’re now at a point where women are not only…
"All over the world, women of all bodytypes, ages and ethnicities are being told by physicians, family members, universities and insurance companies to try and adhere to a single, “universal” notion of bodily health [BMI] that is, in fact, predicated entirely on what was considered normal for white European men in the mid-1800s….
We need to stop reinforcing this idea that if you’re not thin, you’re obese. As a concept, it has absolutely nothing to do with health, and everything to do with justifying our demand for idealised female beauty by mocking anyone who doesn’t meet its impossible standards as overweight.”
This. All of this. We also all need to do away with the terms “overweight” and “underweight” because by their very nature they imply that there is ONE correct/ideal/normal weight for everyone.
"Color-blindness – the belief that because racial discrimination is no longer legal we have achieved racial equality, making racism a thing of the past – is incredibly dangerous. Instead of identifying the system (capitalism) and institutions responsible for upholding and perpetuating racism, color-blindness leads to the advocation of a politics of “personal responsibility”, which blames victims of racial terrorism, like Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, for their own murders.
This delusion that we live in a color-blind world is a consequence of the internalized white-supremacy many people of color develop either out of necessity for survival in a white-supremacist, capitalist world, or out of class privilege as in Kobe Bryant’s case.”
Check out my first piece for Warscapes Magazine and let me know what you think. Thanks!
trying to finish this, my final semester at HWC, being a lazy/undisciplined writer, and working on like 4 different pieces at the same time means I’m going a bit (i.e. totally) mad. perhaps I’m not cut out to be a writer. ugh.
Hey y’all- just a reminder that I’ve finally set up my writing blog and would totally appreciate it if you followed me there too. Thanks for all the love and support so far! Y’all the muafucking best. La Marxista lamarxista
So here it is: after 5 months of “i’ma set up my blog this weekend,” I finally did set up my blog this weekend.
The purpose of this here blog is to not only share written work that I’ve had published, but to use this space to explore political and cultural terrain in a less formal, more personal setting.
I hope that you find my work interesting, informative, and above all, inspiring.
Yours in writing,
Crystal Stella Becerril