Hundreds of community members stood in the pouring rain, outside of Town Hall Seattle, donning bright red t-shirts emblazoned with a giant yellow “15” on the chest. We were out in force two hours early to show our support of $15 for Seattle at the first public $15 minimum wage hearing. Sure we got a little wet, but it was worth it as supporters of $15 filled the room and took to the testimonial microphones. It sounded a little something like this:
“When you raise the wage of regular people, they are not going to sit on it. They are going to go out and spend it, helping everyone.”
“We need a higher minimum wage now so that Seattle is a race to the top, not a race to the bottom.”
“I support a $15 min wage because it will empower women. They're a majority in low wage work. This will change women's lives.”
Media was out in droves snapping photos, interviewing workers, and broadcasting live feeds as supporters of $15 overwhelmed the room.
It was definitely a strong showing of support of $15 for Seattle.
Speaking of support, the mayor has set up an Online Town Hall. Share your input on why you support $15 to lift workers out of poverty and boost the economy.