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Seattle is Getting a Raise!
Steps to 15$ min wage April 1
National Day of Action for 15% Wednesday April 15 4:30PM Rally @ Seattle University
Support badges: Office of Kshama Sawant, SEIU 775, Working Washinton, 15 Now, Casa Latina, Unite Here Local 8, Local 1448 Dignity Respect, EBEW, Local 809 IUOE, IBOTeamsters
11$ for employers 500+ and <500 without healthcare/tips
10$ for <500 with healthcare or tips
Wage theft or questions report to: Working WA hotline: 866.385.9509
Next Steps: Min Wage rise to 15 for all 1.1.17, 2018,2021 depending on size and healthcare/tips, more at 15now.org
Hip Hip Horray! Seattle’s Getting a Raise!
This is one of the chants yelled in Seattle Yesterday to inform workers about the increase in Seattle’s minimum wage to 10 or 11 dollars an hour depending on the size of the business. Party hats and whistle toys were given to passer-bys and we even had a person who had a birthday so we gave her a party hat. Young, old, middle aged, disabled, oppressed and concerned members of our community and the working class showed up to stand up against wage theft across Seattle and celebrate our success.
Around 100 people marched from Seattle Central College down Broadway to fast food restaurant chains. We past leaflets down the street with a boom box. A bright blue banner in front announced the minimum wage increase. There were balloons everywhere and it definitely got people’s attention. 100s+ of dollars were raised and consciousness about worker’s right was spread around. We tabled for a little bit around SCC and local leaders of SEIU and Socialist Alternatives gave talks about our fight for 15 now through a megaphone. Attendees were composed primarily of Socialist Alternative. The march ended after an hour and the rest of the members returned to the new office to discuss the movement and to prepare for a karaoke fundraising that night.
To a passer-by during the march, they would see a long line of workers wearing blue or red t-shirts that said 15 now, high signs that said the same, a black strip of police to the left, and different unions with their banners behind us, a person that was dressed as a bird, balloons everywhere, and everyone wearing party hats. Audibly they would hear the boom box, the speeches, and the Chants that rhymed smoothly.
Some businesses were not happy about the march. Particularly at higher end restaurants, managers stood with their arms crossed in front of the businesses because they wanted to control information about the minimum wage increase and didn’t want their workers to get upset. Most businesses let us in and we politely handed fliers to workers to let them know of their rights. I can understand that some businesses just don’t want any interruptions, and what we are doing is partly muckraking, but we were polite about it. There was plenty of honking of support from drivers.
A 1/2 hour in police on bikes came along the left side of us. I am not sure why they were there watching a peaceful protest instead of trying to solve their internal corruption and learn how to use body cams correctly, but perhaps they wanted a piece of the party. I asked a police member if he would like a party hat and he ignored me. This shows how truly robotic these police are. I am glad they chose a sustainable method of transportation versus the Lamborghini that some police districts are getting. I suppose they are getting much more than the minimum wage, but they could have joined under our banner to fight for the rest of us. They carried batons, pepper spray, handcuffs, and I believe I saw some handguns. I am glad there weren’t any conflicts with the police, and I wonder what they reported to their higher-ups, or whether their administration ordered them here or someone reported the incident.
There were two other socialist groups that tabled, the Freedom Socialist Party, and I believe the International Socialist Organization both which claimed to be a more radical socialist group. Cuba and women’s rights were emphasised. There was some confusion about the unity of the message when there were different groups sending different messages but everyone was welcome and no one was angry at each other.
There were also a few Christians that came to the event to remind these groups and I that I am going to eternal hell if I don’t recognize the beauty of Jesus Christ. Socialists don’t believe in gods or hell because they are methods and ideas of oppression of the ruling class but we support religious diversity and freedom of speech so we would just acknowledge them and move on. However, if Jesus did exist, he actually would be considered by some as being socialist because he fought for workers and was a worker himself before he died for his people so I feel like he would like this minimum wage increase, but the Christians said were going to hell even if the minimum wage increases. I appreciate their perseverance, but it’s too bad they didn’t march with us. I had an interesting conversation with one about my belief in the flying spaghetti monster, that there are many gods out there and each one tells the other is going to hell except worshippers of the flying spaghetti monster.
Unfortunately I did not take photos since my battery was low, but I expect many photos will appear on twitter initially, perhaps a video on youtube on Monday, and a official announcement on the Socialist Alternative website. I would like that the media be posted to privacy and free software respecting services like quitter.se as a micro blogging alternative to Twitter and mediagoblin instead of YouTube, or diaspora as a social media alternative to Facebook or Network23/NoBlogs as an alternative to WordPress. WordPress is a special case were it is respecting – but individual blogs would be better suited for network23 with a .com domain that allows you a free blog for activist needs. I only use Mediagoblin and quitter and network23 for my social media needs. Additionally communication regarding this sensitive area would be best served by using a Combination of Redphone/LinPhone, Signal/Textsecure, Chatsecure, IMSI detector, K9Mail w/ APG. More explanation for this tools are below. I am listing links because they are made so well, but I could make videos which explain step by step approaches to safeguarding this information or one on one sessions or talks. I have been involved in this area for the past two years. See my article SURVEILLANCE DEFENSE. Unfortunately using Facebook and Youtube means you are plugged right into NSA/5 eyes/spies/hackers/corporations/ad companies/telemarketer/annoying people’s 24/7 feed. It is almost contradictory to be an activist and use facebook because it destroys your privacy and tells the police your event, the details, who is going, the location so conveniently.Meanwhile those with iPhones are literally zombies according to NSA leaked documents where Steve Jobs is big brother.
Heres a few more arguments why we shouldn’t use facebook by the activist Richard Stallman.
Some people walked, took the bus, biked, drove cars and carpooled. I was happy to get a ride because the location of SCC is south Seattle which is very far from Lake Forest park. Most people lived in the area however.