Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 13, 2011
House the Homeless (A founding Member of the Austin Living Wage Coalition) has announced a tax day protest to promote the universal living wage.
Deuteronomy 24:14-15- “You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger in one of the communities of your land. You must pay him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets, for he is needy and sets his life on it; else he will cry to God against you and you will incur guilt.”
To: Assignment Editor
Who: Universal Living Wage Campaign, and more than 1,676 national, state, and local organizations, businesses, religious groups, and unions across America.
What: Educational Demonstration
When: Friday, April 15th- Tax Day 4:30-6:00 pm
Where: Local Post Office
Why: House the Homeless, Inc. is fighting to fix the federal minimum wage. The Universal Living Wage formula will ensure that anyone working 40 hours in a week will be able to afford basic rental housing wherever that work is done throughout the United States.
House the Homeless has found that American business has grown to rely on government subsidies to pick up that portion of the basic wage that businesses have failed to provide. Workers have been forced in ever increasing numbers to depend on food stamps, general assistance, TANF, and even the Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC, which Congress intended to be emergency, stop gap measures. Instead, many businesses have used these government supports to meet basic payroll. A national shift is occurring from the business responsibility of paying a "fair wage for a fair day's work" to creating an ever increasing burden on tax payers.
House the Homeless knows that if business paid its employees a fair living wage, the burden to tax payers across America could be dramatically reduced.
Additionally, passage of the Universal Living Wage will end homelessness for over 1,000,000 minimum wage workers.
For eleven years of local and national organizing, House the Homeless has asked its supporting organizations to join at Post Offices across America and call for a Universal Living Wage. On April 15th living wage warriors will be in scores of cities and in every single state.
Richard R. Troxell
Universal Living Wage
P.O. Box 2312
Austin, Texas 78768-2312