Walker Foley: People earning less than $25,000 annually made up 34% of car commuters and 48% of carpools in 2013. Not surprisingly, lower wage earners rely more on automobiles to commute further distances to work.
Raising Hotel Workers' Pay
The hotel industry is booming but hotel jobs like housekeeper, cook, bellman, server, bartender, front desk agent, dishwasher, and others often pay at the poverty level further exacerbating poverty in metropolitan areas of high tourism and business travel. According to the US Census Bureau, 20.2 percent of Los Angeles’s total population lives below the federal poverty level. Raising hotel workers' pay can change these statistics. The Raise LA campaign is working to change that. Learn more by clicking the articles below.
Melissa Goodman: The ACLU supports the Raise LA campaign because basic economic rights are inextricably intertwined with civil rights and civil liberties. When Californians lack basic economic security – when they are unable to or must struggle to fulfill basic human needs – they cannot fully exercise their civil liberties and civil rights.