At least 57.8 million Americans live with one or more disabilities. Despite that, the U.S. Senate has so far refused to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This international treaty would strengthen and protect the rights — including the human right to water, which the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee promotes worldwide — of people too often ignored. Last year, U.S. ratification of the treaty failed by just five votes. Take action to make sure that this year, the Senate will vote to protect the rights of people living with disabilities!
Which should you refill? Minimum wage means tough choices. Visit uusc.org/minwage
Today, July 24, is the national day of action to raise the minimum wage. It’s been four years since workers making the federal minimum wage last received a raise — to a measly $7.25 per hour. Take action to increase the minimum wage!
After six years apart, children and mothers hug through a fence at the border.
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Blake Fall-Conroy, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 2008-2010
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.
This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
"Let’s do something different this time! Let’s do something that’s right! Let’s reward work! For people who go to work everyday, in very difficult jobs, sometimes very dirty jobs, sometimes very demeaning jobs, and they work everyday, and they go home poor."
- Rep. George Miller on why minimum wage workers (including tipped workers) deserve a raise.
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