Peter Dreier: At 12:15 am Tuesday, the Pasadena City Council voted 7-0 to adopt a minimum wage policy that will lead to $15/hour by 2020. Pasadena Raises Minimum Wage
Peter Dreier: Like the civil rights movement of the 1960s, there is a growing movement in the United States today protesting the nation’s widening economic inequality and persistent poverty.
Peter Dreier: Is he simply using that old tactic called “red-baiting” to try to make Sanders look like an extremist so that Hillary Clinton comes off as a moderate liberal?
Peter Dreier: King was a radical. He challenged America’s class system and its racial caste system. He was a strong ally of the nation’s labor union movement.
Peter Dreier: Pasadena workers and supporters are fighting for a living wage. Restaurant moguls Gregg and Bob Smith (owners of Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chop House, Smitty’s and Seco) want to stop them.
Peter Dreier: More than any other columnist for a major U.S. newspaper, Meyerson provided ongoing coverage and incisive analysis of the nation’s labor movement and other progressive causes as well as the changing economy and the increasing aggressiveness of big business in American politics.
Peter Dreier: Pasadena Minimum Wage Law — Pasadena residents working at low-wage jobs in Los Angeles will get a pay increase of $23 million.
Peter Dreier: My sense of the 400 students who occupied Occidental College’s administration building over five days last week, and who won almost all of their demands, is that believe they can be responsible change agents.
Peter Dreier: Less than half a mile from where the Rose Parade route begins, near Millionaires Row, Pasadena becomes a city of low-wage workers, predominantly Latino and Black. Tens of thousands of residents struggle to meet their basic needs.
March with Pasadena workers and their organizations to raise the wage to $15, abolish wage theft, and establish worker justice in our city.
Peter Dreier: Most of the debate moderators’ questions so far have encouraged the GOP candidates to attack each other’s personalities, character, and poll numbers, but have not explored their positions on key policy matters.
Peter Dreier: Since Wellstone died in a plane crash 13 years ago, other activists and politicians—from the Occupy Wall Street, Raise the Wage, anti-Keystone pipeline, fossil fuel divestment, Moral Monday and Black Lives Matter movements to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders—have carried on in the Wellstone tradition.
Peter Dreier: But in any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the word “moderate” or “moderate conservative” to Ryan on any issue except perhaps his clothing preferences and his haircut.