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0805, 01 Feb 18

Fight for $15 Movement Calls for Strike

I’ll go ahead and predict now that their strike will be an utter failure. A few dozen stores across the nation will have a few employees walk out and the media will cover it like it’s a big deal.

The Fight for $15, the movement that has galvanized city campaigns to raise the pay of low-wage workers, is teaming up with the civil rights leader William Barber for a day of action in support of racial justice and voting rights.

The organization is calling on fast-food workers in two dozen southern cities to go on strike on 12 February, to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, which began shortly before the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

And then there’s this:

The collaboration also shows that Fight for $15’s goals have expanded beyond higher wages at fast-food franchises toward fighting for racial justice and voting rights. Two ministers, Barber and Liz Theoharis, are heading the new effort, officially called “the Poor People’s Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival”. They are seizing on the 50th anniversary of King’s campaign to relaunch the effort, and trying to make poverty the center of the national conversation.

 I think a lot of charity and non-profit groups make the mistake of diluting their mission. Agree with it or not, “Fight for $15” is a very clear mission with a tangible goal. It’s something that people can get behind. There are hundreds of organizations that are “fighting for racial justice and voting rights” – however they define those. What does Fight for $15 bring to the table that all of those other groups don’t?

0805, 01 February 2018


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