In major cities across the country today activists rose up (and sat) to protest our countries unfair minimum wages.
These were part of a nation-wide “Fight for 15” campaign seeking higher minimum wages as well as rights to unionize. As the Washington Post states, “Their success would increase family incomes for tens of millions of adjunct professors, fast-food, home care and child care workers, among other underpaid workers. Raising wages would also generate significant savings to state and federal governments, and allow them to better target how our tax dollars are used.” Read more about the efforts to raise the minimum wage in the nation’s capital here.
PIX11 reports on the protests here:
For more images of the “Sit for $15” see the IDP Twitter account. A favorite is the retweet from twitter user CTZNWELL which includes IDP meditators and Michael Kink, featured in the video above, from the Strong Economy for All Coalition:
Buddhists, often criticized for lack of social action, are on the front lines of this struggle.
Have you seen Buddhists at “Fight for $15” protests elsewhere? Or at other recent protests? If so, please leave links in the comments below. Thanks!
Meanwhile, in presidential politics, you-know-who (Hillary Clinton) has come out in support of the movement for a $15 minimum wage.
*Correction 4/17/15; mention of the Brooklyn Zen Center was omitted from the original post.