Re-Posted from 15Now.org
“15 in Seattle is only the beginning. We have an entire world to win.”
– Socialist Alternative City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s closing remark as the Seattle City Council voted unanimously for the nation’s first $15 an hour minimum wage
The scale of the $15/hour minimum wage victory in Seattle is truly colossal. It’s estimated this will result in a $3 billion dollar transfer of wealth from society’s richest to the poorest, lifting 25% of Seattle’s workforce out of poverty.
This victory is proof that when working people organize into a grassroots movement, we can wrestle concessions from big business. Even with some corporate loopholes in the deal – which could have been defeated with a stronger movement – the message is clear. We can take on big business and win!
To win 15 in Seattle, it took a gigantic fundraising effort. We spent over $150,000 on leaflets, signs, banners, office space, and of course tireless organizers. We aim to raise $150,000 this June to help build viable campaigns across the country.
With over 30 chapters, 15 Now is spreading across the country like a prairie fire. From putting $15 on the ballot in Boston to pushing efforts forward in Chicago, the Bay Area, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia – 15 Now is a leading force in the struggle against the great scourge of our time – inequality.
Please become a monthly contributor by donating at least $15 a month at 15now.org. Please dig deep to help fund the movement. And please share this appeal with others.
Jess Spear, 15 Now Organizing Director
Jesse Lessinger, 15 Now National Organizer