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Working Families Party: Can You Live on $11 a Day

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(The following was originally published on the Working Families Party website.)

5 years ago, the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 — and as prices rise, its buying power has declined.

But Congressional Republicans refuse to see what’s right in front of their eyes: low-wage workers are struggling to get by on the current minimum wage. Someone who works full time earning the bare minimum makes only $290 a week — after housing costs and taxes, that breaks down to just $11 a day to spend on food and transportation.

I don’t know if I could live on $11 — but starting this Monday, I’m going to try. For one week, I’m taking the Live the Wage challenge to call attention to the harsh reality of surviving on minimum wage.

Can you join me to take the Live the Wage challenge? Click here to sign up and learn more!

If not, can you contribute $3 towards our campaign to raise the wage state-by-state?

My budget will be the same as a minimum wage worker for food, transportation, and recreation. And I’ll track my spending and share reflections on my experience to help raise awareness of what it’s like to live on $11 a day.

I don’t pretend that by taking on this challenge, I will truly know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a low-wage worker. I won’t have to provide for my family on the same budget, as many do.

But by publicly sharing my experience, I hope to show others how important it is that we raise the wage for millions of Americans.

Join me to take the Live the Wage challenge and amplify the call to raise the wage!

Or donate $3 to help us organize for a higher wage in states like New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Thanks for your support,

Dan Cantor

National Director
Working Families

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers’ Union, Progressives Form New Chicago Coalition

(The following was originally published in the Chicago Sun-Times.)

Look out Chicago, a new political movement has arrived.

United Working Families, a partnership between labor groups, including the Chicago Teachers Union, and a coalition of a dozen community groups is expected to announce its formal launch on Monday, executive director Kristen Crowell tells Early & Often.

Crowell is the same woman who headed an effort to counter policies by Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, raising $50 million along the way.

“This organization collectively will represent well over 100,000-plus members in a diverse range of communities in Chicago,” Crowell said of the Chicago group.

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Jacobin: More Than a Protest Vote

(The following was originally published in Jacobin.)

Howie Hawkins’ campaign for governor is part of a renewed vision of electoral activism on the Left.

Fearing disenchantment among its progressive supporters, the union-backedWorking Families Party has worked around the clock to justify its most recent endorsement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has run on an anti-tax platform that places blame for the state’s woes on government employees.

Yet silver linings have been found. The most recent victory the WFP claimed was the governor making good on a promise to push five Democratic state senators back into the party caucus, reestablishing Democratic control of the upper house.

There are problems with gloating over this development. The move took the wind out of the sails of progressive primary challengers to these conservative Democrats, essentially winning a concession from Cuomo at the expense of people like former Comptroller John Liu. Beyond that, the new legislature isn’t an assurance of progressive taxation or ceasefire in the privatization of education. Even Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos bragged that the move wouldn’t make a difference.

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