Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Minimum Wage Awareness Ribbon

What color is poverty? Or more precisely, what would be a suitable color for a Minimum Wage Awareness ribbon?

In the US, poverty has no specific color, it's more like the lack of a color, namely green, like our currency.

People that earn low wages can't afford to all simultaneously go on strike, for a fair living wage. If they could, this country would come to a screeching halt.

So, what I am proposing is that anyone that earns less than $15 per hour, to take a stand and make yourselves publicly visible with the Minimum Wage Awareness ribbon.
Here's how:
  • Take any color ribbon and tie it around an object, such as a hairbrush handle.
  • Knot it and then tie it in a bow.
  • Now slide it off and wear the empty ribbon pinned on your shirt, blouse, or jacket, wherever you go.
  • Wear it to work, school, church, the doctor's office, grocery shopping...everywhere.
If anyone asks what the strange droopy looking ribbon is for, tell them "I make less than $15 per hour. That ribbon is tied around the cash I have left over, after I am done paying for all my expenses."

Maybe, just maybe, if we can get enough low wage workers wearing an empty droopy ribbon, it might make a difference.

It might get others to see just how many people are affected by poverty wages, that they are not just teens working part time for pocket cash, not the lazy or uneducated,. Maybe we can make everyone aware that they are our friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors...hard working people we see everywhere, every single day.

With enough awareness about how many people are affected by low wages, maybe we will have more support from the voting public to pressure the politicians in Congress to raise the minimum wage up to $15 per hour, so that low wage workers can have some cash left, that they could tie that ribbon around.

Are you with me?

Like, share, pass the word, wear a ribbon if you are affected, and make some ribbons for the low wage workers you know.

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