Bridge the Economic Gap Day
Bellingham, WA (PRWEB) August 29, 2007
Who: The Universal Living Wage Campaign - http://www.UniversalLivingWage.org and House the Homeless, Inc. in conjunction with the National Coalition for the Homeless and more than 1,600 national, state, and local organizations, businesses, religious groups and unions across America.
What: National/Local Day of Action- "Bridge the Economic Gap Day" to not just increase the federal minimum wage, but to fix it once and for all.
When: Tuesday, September 4th- the day after Labor Day- morning and/or afternoon rush hours 7:30-9:00am and 4:30- 6:00pm
Where: Bridges in every state in America see http://www.UniversalLivingWage.org for City/State Bridge Locations and CONTACT information.
Why: According to the last several US Conference of Mayors' reports, the federal minimum wage fails to afford anyone rental housing in any major city in America. The 2000 Conference of Mayors' Report described the federal minimum wage as "the most significant contributing factor of homelessness" (3.5 million people will experience homelessness this year.)
The Universal Living Wage is an initiative to fix the federal minimum wage with a single national formula based on existing government guidelines. It indexes the wage to the local cost of housing and ensures that anyone working 40 hours a week through a full time or multiple part time jobs, can afford basic rental housing, utilities, food, and clothing, wherever that work is done throughout the U.S. See http://www.universalLivingWage.org
After six years, of local and national grassroots organizing, we have asked our supporting organizations to get on the bridges of America and fly the banner "Bridge the Economic Gap with a http://www.UniversalLivingWage.org." We are now in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia with separate actions across America.
National Chairman, Richard R. Troxell, has stated that "We, the everyday citizens of America, declare that as a country we must 'Bridge the Economic Gap' that separates the working poor from everyone else and that we can do this with a Universal Living Wage. Conservatively, enactment will end homelessness for over one million minimum wage workers."
ULW National Chairman Founder & Principal Media Contact
Executive Director National Coalition for the Homeless