The fundamental promise of the American dream is that if you work hard, you’ll be able to build a better life for yourself and your family. But for low-incomes workers, the American dream is a lie. With low wages and few opportunities, we’ve condemned millions to a life of unending poverty with almost no chance of escape. These people deserve better than the hand they’ve been dealt, and by lifting them up, we lift every single one of us up in the process.
With the future of the American Dream at stake, we have two options: We could listen to naysayers in Washington who tell us to sit on our hands while our communities and economy slowly collapse from within, or we can help a massive number of working families earn the wages they deserve and build a better, fairer, stronger economy from the base up. The choice should be clear. Every American who works full time should be able to afford their basic needs. Period.
We need to reestablish the basic relationship between work and reward. If you put in the work, at bare minimum you should be able to support yourself and your family. Anything less is a betrayal of everything this country stands for.
Unlike other complicated political fights, fixing this is incredibly simple. All we have to do is raise the minimum wage. That’s it.
We can improve the lives of millions of Americans. We can help families pay the bills. We can give businesses more customers. We can guarantee some basic human dignity that people in this country deserve. The fight for 15 is a fight worth having and I’m ready to fight hard until all Americans get the wages they deserve.