1> Planning a $15.00 Minimum Wage Campaign.
2> Planning for International Women’s Day Event in Lewiston for March 8, 2014
3> New No Çlass Projects/Actions
5> Set Next Meeting
American Winter is a documentary film that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Years after the recession began, millions of families are struggling to meet their basic needs, and many formerly middle class families are finding themselves in financial crisis, and needing assistance for the first time in their lives. Meanwhile, the social safety net that was created to help people in difficult times has been weakened by massive budget cuts, creating a perfect storm of greater need and fewer resources to help families in trouble. The film follows several families in Portland, Oregon in their daily struggle to keep their heads above water, while facing economic hardship, creating a firsthand view of Americans caught in today’s economic crisis.The film shows what has been happening to families across The United States, including evictions, homelessness, job loss and underemployment and low wages. It demonstrates the harsh reality of hunger, deplorable living conditions, and overwhelming health care costs. The film American Winter aims to stimulate a “social action campaign that will focus on channeling the frustrations of struggling Americans into a movement for positive change, while also supporting legislators to pass bills that allow all Americans to have an opportunity to live a comfortable life and a chance at the American Dream.”
It is hoped that No-Class members from other parts of the state will find a way to engage in this discussion and in this emerging struggle for social justice.
Across the country low-wage workers are rising up, protesting, and striking for a $15/hour minimum wage. In Seattle the movement is poised in 2014 to be the first major U.S. city to win $15. Voters in SeaTac, a small city outside Seattle, recently passed a ballot initiative for $15. A leader in the Fight for $15 in Seattle, Kshama Sawant, shocked the corporate elite by winning a City Council seat in Seattle as a Socialist Alternative candidate. Newly elected Mayor Ed Murray has also declared his support for $15.
Seattle march for Martin Luther King and $15 minimum wage