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I’m wrapping up the day at a fantastic rally on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Here’s a photo.
Tens of thousands of people finished this amazing day at rallies like this. The crowds were gigantic across the country.
Here’s one look at New York.
Chicago also produced incredible turnout.
1199/UHE home care workers and healthcare workers showed up big. Home care workers turned out in big numbers across the country.
Students came out.
Child care workers joined in.
Adjunct faculty were on the march.
Airport workers made their voices heard.
Check FightFor15.org for more photos of how large the rallies and strikes got.
Here are a few other highlights that stood out to me.
Charlene Carruthers, national director of Black Youth 100, shared in a video: “It’s a fight for the dignity of workers. It’s a fight for workers to be able to collectively bargain. It’s a fight for workers to actually be in safe environments where their issues and their grievances can be heard.”
In New York, a die-in led by workers and #BlackLivesMatter activists closed down a McDonald’s at 71st and Broadway.
Elected officials from across the country spoke out to support the fight to raise wages:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Raising the minimum wage is about economics, but it’s also about our values. Nobody who works full time should live in poverty. #FightFor15”
Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Our City will continue to #FightFor15 because the minimum wage must keep up with the cost of living.”
Sen. Al Franken: “I believe that if you work hard, and take responsibility, you should be able to put a roof over your head and provide a decent life for your children.”
Sen. Tammy Baldwin: “This #TaxDay & #Fightfor15 day, let’s join together to fight for paid sick days, tax cuts & better benefits for middle class workers.”
Sen. Chris Murphy: “All people who work for a living deserve to make enough to afford basic needs.”
Rep. Mark Takano: “Historic strikes TODAY. I’m for $15 and union rights. With me? RT and see the latest action.”
In Oakland, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich spoke with McDonald’s workers, calling the Fight for $15 a “fight for the soul of America” and “America’s next civil rights movement.”
I believe that this day was among the proudest days in the history of SEIU. I’ll be in touch soon with more details about what we accomplished together.
I know we’re all tired after a long and inspiring day. Thanks for your leadership and your hard work.
Fast for Families ended its first fast on the National Mall Dec. 12, 2013, with a commissioning to the country to continue to Act. Fast. & Pray until immigration reform is achieved.
Building on momentum created last year, Fast for Families is entering the next phase of its campaign to enact commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. Fast for Families Across America will visit more than 100 congressional districts in the coming months to engage constituents in a dialogue about the moral crisis caused by our broken immigration system and encourage them to fast, act and pray.
The Fast for Families Across America Tour will kick off Jan. 27 and end April 9 (around Cesar Chavez Day) in Washington, D.C., while Congress is still in session and members are preparing to return to their districts for a two-week recess.
Stay tuned for more information.
I invite you to join us wherever you are by watching the press conference on the live stream by going to: http://fast4families.org/media/live-stream/.
Left to Right: Cathy Glasson (Local 199 Union President), Mary Burke, Ann Byrne, Scott Vick, and Pauline Taylor.
The State Senate just passed Medicaid expansion on Monday, which would provide health security for an additional 150,000 Iowans, save our state money, and create thousands of new jobs.
Unfortunately, Gov. Branstad is opposed to expansion, and is determined to put politics ahead of our health care.
We are proud to be part of the Healthiest Iowa Initiative: a coalition of more than two dozen organizations, all educating their members and encouraging all Iowans to contact Gov. Branstad.
Here’s how you can help:
1) Sign the petition at healthiestiowa.com. Your signatures, along with those of thousands of Iowans, will reach the Governor and make a difference.
Tens of thousands of SEIU members are calling on Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform now.