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Raise the minimum wage!

While unemployment has been coming down, and we've seen more jobs added to the economy every month, the number of unemployed Americans is still too high.  State of Working Americans is an ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute, and includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, and poverty that allow for a clear, unbiased understanding of the economy’s effect on the living standards of working Americans. If you are at all interested in understanding where we as a people stand then you should become familiar with the information contained on both of these sites. They monitor and report on the economy as it affects all Americans on an ongoing basis.Visit these sites often to understand where we are as a nation.

During the State of the Union address after Obama's reelection, our president set as part of his agenda the goal of raising the federal minimum wage, currently set at $7.25 per hour. But, is the minimum wage enough to live on? Could you survive, much less sustain your current standard of living, making the minimum wage? Isn't having a "living" wage more important than having a minimum wage? If you'd like to know what the living wage is for the area you can visit the Living Wage Calculator site set up and maintained by MIT.

This website has now redirected its efforts to supporting a grass roots movement to see to it that all workers in this country, at the very minimum, earn a living wage. What do we mean by a living wage? I prefer the definition provided by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

We stand for a living wage. Wages are subnormal if they fail to provide a living for those who devote their time and energy to industrial occupations. The monetary equivalent of a living wage varies according to local conditions, but must include enough to secure the elements of a normal standard of living--a standard high enough to make morality possible, to provide for education and recreation, to care for immature members of the family, to maintain the family during periods of sickness, and to permit of reasonable saving for old age.

One of the best ways to achieve a living wage for American workers is to support and rebuild unions. As Ronald Reagan said, "Unions represent some of the freest institutions in this land. There are few finer examples of participatory democracy to be found anywhere. They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. They remind us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. You and I must protect and preserve freedom here or it will not be passed on to our children and it would disappear everywhere in the world."

This website was also created to tell the stories of Americans who have been left behind by a system that finds them disposable. Anyone whose life has been drastically altered by the economic events of the last ten years is invited to tell their story here. Anyone who knows someone who can’t, for any reason, tell their own story can tell their story for them. We believe that everyone deserves a place to tell their story. If you have a story to tell please read the Submission Requirements.Image of woman and three children in poverty After your story has been submitted it will be reviewed by our staff. We may want to contact you prior to publishing your story so please make certain your contact information is correct and current. You should also read our Terms and Conditions page as well as our Privacy Statement.

This website was also created to be a resource for the unemployed, under-employed, and homeless. Our Resources menu will provide links to other websites where Americans can find information and help as well as links to information resources so visitors to this site can find true unbiased information important to the average American. While we will do our best to put as many links as we can find, we would ask our visitors to let us know of websites we haven't yet listed. In order to submit a link you must first be a registered member of this site. If you don't want to register but still want to let us know about a resource use the Contact Us link and send it that way.


If you would like to learn more about how the growing wealth and income inequality is hurting this country check out the Equality Trust website at: http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/. You may also want to check out the documentary film http://inequalityforall.com/.


If you are one of the many Americans who have been unemployed for more than 99 weeks and have lost any hope of receiving any further benefits, if you are underemployed, or if you are homeless you have found the website that wants to give voice to  your story.

We stand in solidarity with all American workers seeking to preserve their right to collective bargaining, especially public sector workers like police, fire, librarians, and teachers who are members of unions.These people are NOT freeloaders as they have been labeled by certain republican spokespersons.

“It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.”

Barack Obama


Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
Abraham Lincoln

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

Labour was the first price, the original purchase money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased...
Adam Smith

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
John F. Kennedy


A decent provision for the poor is the true test of a civilization.
It is our first duty to society, and after we have done that, we may attend wholly to the salvation of our own souls.
Samuel Johnson


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