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Report: Increasing Minimum Wage Saves Lives

30.November.16

Tuesday’s “Day of Disruption” walkout by thousands of low-income workers underscores that the Fight for $15 movement is undeterred by the change of administration. Earlier this month, voters approved minimum-wage raises for Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington. What began as a long shot to even liberal labor leaders, the resurgent low-income fight is now bolstered Read More >>

Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate

27.April.16

Originally published on Rooflines, a Shelterforce blog. Jenean F. and her husband worked hard to achieve the increasingly elusive American Dream. She was a stay at home mom and he worked as a salesman in the auto industry, affording them a measure of middle class stability in the heart of the Midwest. They rented their Read More >>

Putting good jobs at top of US policy agenda

27.April.15

This post originally appeared here.  Even though she’s worked at the Checkers in Lincoln Park for four years, Mya Hill is still paid only $8.15 an hour – Michigan’s minimum wage. Her fiance, Jonathan, is paid the same amount at a nearby McDonald’s. Between their two fast-food incomes, they can’t afford the basics. And even Read More >>

President Obama, Think Big in 2015

16.January.15

It’s a new year, which means new resolutions, new inaugurations and the beginning of holding politicians accountable for their campaign promises. Last week I attended the Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN) Inaugural Action with Mayor Muriel Bowser. In a packed church with standing room only, more than 900 WIN members and supporters came together to present Read More >>

The Politics of Holidays

25.December.14

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go; take a look at the five and ten, glistening once again with candy canes and silver lanes aglow…” -Robert Meredith Wilson The holiday season is upon us. There are gleeful songs waiting to be sung and holiday television shows to be watched. There are Read More >>

Why Every Day Should Be National Voter Registration Day

23.September.14

Today is National Voter Registration Day; a day when organizations across the country reach out to their respective communities encouraging them to register and turn out to vote. In light of the President’s recent decision to delay executive action that would provide administrative relief for millions of immigrant families until after the midterm elections, I’ve Read More >>

Of Love And Politics, And Jeb Bush’s Surprising Statement

8.April.14

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in Fox News Latino. It was the immigrant and Latino vote that helped President Obama win the White House in 2008 and 2012 because of his promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform. After five years of relentless deportations under his administration, our President is destroying the immigrant communities who Read More >>

50th Anniversary March on Washington

26.August.13

When I arrived at the 50th Anniversary March on Washington this Saturday morning, the first thing that struck me was the array of messages. People marched past me holding signs ranging from, “End Mass Incarceration,” to “DC Statehood Now;” from “LGBT Rights,” to “We March to End Racial Profiling,” and “Justice for Trayvon.” I immediately Read More >>

House Republicans: Our Deadline is August 2nd

11.July.13

As House Republicans debate whether or not they will act on immigration reform, they should remember the deadline of Aug. 2nd that the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) has set for the House to pass a bill containing a pathway to citizenship. Until then, and if House GOP members decide to ignore the deadline, FIRM Read More >>