Virtual Charleston, WV Moral Monday
Start: Monday, February 15, 2021• 3:00 PM • Central Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
The demand for $15/hour is as big a fight as the one for the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in the 1960s. A relief bill must include relief that helps the people who need it the most -- the 140 million poor and low-income people who live in this country, a number that has only increased in a pandemic. In West Virginia, 710,000 people are poor or low-income and across the South, not including West Virginia, that number is almost 50 million. The mandate for $15/hour lies with the 55% of poor and low-income people who voted for this president and vice president, not in the halls of Congress. Poor and low-income people were the first to return to work, the first to be infected and the first to die, and they must not be last in line for relief. This administration and Congress must respect us, protect us and pay us. Poor and low-income people, who showed their power at the ballot box in the last election, can change political will because a moral, constitutional agenda is a sound economic agenda as well as we lay out in our 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation: A Moral and Economic Agenda for the first 100 days.