Monday: Fast food strikers & other poverty-wage workers join call to “Rise up & Restore the Dream” with $15 for Seattle
United under the banner of “$15 for Seattle,” fast food workers, union members, people of faith, and other community members will form a large and lively contingent in support of this year’s 32nd Annual Seattle MLK March & Celebration to “Rise up & Restore the Dream”.
Who: Fast food workers and other supporters of a $15 minimum wage for Seattle
What: Gather under an 8-foot-tall “$15 for Seattle” banner in support of the 2014 MLK March organized by the Seattle MLK Celebration Committee.
When: Monday, January 20, 2014, 11:45 am
Where: Supporters will gather near Ezell’s (501 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) under an 8-foot-tall “$15 for Seattle” banner, then join the march as it departs for Westlake Park.
Among the 10 official demands of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was the call for:
A national minimum wage act that will give all Americans a decent standard of living. (Government surveys show that anything less than $2.00 an hour fails to do this.)
Adjusted for inflation, $2.00 an hour in 1963 works out to $15.23 an hour today.
The annual Seattle MLK March & Rally is one of the biggest MLK Day events in the country, regularly drawing crowds of thousands to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy & renew his call for racial equity, economic justice, and nonviolence.
“The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sparked by the 2013 fast food strikes and the landmark victory of SeaTac Proposition 1, Good Jobs Seattle seeks to build a sustainable future for Seattle’s economy from the middle out — by turning poverty-wage jobs in fast food and other industries into good jobs pay enough for workers to support themselves and contribute to the local economy. Supporters of $15 for Seattle include Working Washington, SEIU Healthcare 775NW, OneAmerica, Washington CAN! and hundreds of workers and community members from across the city.
Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington: 206–227–6014, firstname.lastname@example.org