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Raise the Minimum Wage

Imagine working 40 hours a week, but still worrying about putting food on the table - or having to choose between paying your housing bill or your heating bill. Imagine working 40 hours a week and barely making enough to live, let alone save or plan for the future. Imagine working full-time and still being poor with no way out or up. Sadly, millions of Americans don’t have to IMAGINE – this is the reality they face every day.
 
The road from poor to plenty is long, but raising the minimum wage is an important first step in lifting millions of families out of poverty and giving them a chance at a better life.

The last time the minimum wage was enough to support a family was in 1968.  Lyndon Johnson was president, and a gallon of gas was 34 cents.   Times have changed – and so should wages.
 
Please join the National Urban League in sending a message to Congress that the time for action is NOW to give millions of working men and women the raise they need.



This petition has a goal of 10000 signatures
1-25 of 1949 signatures
Number Date Name Tell us why raising the ...
1949 15 hours ago Johnnie Geathers Every time I get paidm it goes away in a blink of an eye due to bills. Never can have money for myself. Each check goes to bills.
1948 1 day ago Daphne SneD
1947 1 day ago Anonymous I am a single parent of two. I feel as I work just to be broke. After paying bills, its hard to just give my kids what they need or want. I don't want them to grow up watching other kids feeling lik...
1946 1 day ago ANDRA JOHNSON ALI B CUZ IT'S A NEED...NOT A WANT...CONGRESSMEN &WOMEN GET KICKBACKS & RAISES ALL THE TIME...EVEN VACTIONS ON OUR DOLLAR'S
1945 2 days ago M A Everyone should make a wage that allows them to live a decent life!
1944 4 days ago Erika Isabell It is important because in order to have a quality of life minimum wage needs to increase as the cost of living goes up. Insurance premiums, gas, rent, clothes. Everything goes up yearly except inco...
1943 6 days ago Odettee Rivera The Cost of Living has drastically gone up, therefore, the minimum wage should be increased to match the present cost of living!
1942 6 days ago Anonymous
1941 1 week ago Shirley Stubbs
1940 1 week ago Gwendolyn Osborne Raising the minimum wage is important to me and my community because everyone needs to be able to afford the necessities in life and a few luxuries.
1939 1 week ago Denise Lassen Because is just the right thing to do!
1938 1 week ago Stephanie Terry
1937 1 week ago Mary Goodwin NYC is in the midst of a crisis. Available affordable housing is non-existent and food and living expenses are steadily on the rise. When someone working two minimum wage jobs is still making too ...
1936 1 week ago Sarita Fann Because there are too many working to keep this country going by going to work daily and barely living. How can we continue live off the backs of the hard worker living in Poverty.
1935 1 week ago eddie bostic well alot of minorities are faced with being able to find emplyment and when we do some lack the educuational background to sustain financial grotwth but we are dedicated and we work hard. and we ne...
1934 1 week ago Anonymous Raising the minimum wage is important to me and my community because I believe when people are working and earning a decent wage, it can decrease crime in the community.
1933 1 week ago Donna Alexander Because in my community there are hundreds of Americans who work hard in low-paying jobs and they truly, truly deserve a break!!!
1932 1 week ago Edna Ave.ino Its important because I have 3 teenage boys so they can save for college. As college tuition goes up, minimum wages should go up also.
1931 1 week ago Dorian Daniels Its important to providing jobs that adequately provides wages for all people to gain the resources need to improve life.
1930 1 week ago Arletha Miller As Americans, we should be able to sufficiently support our families with our wages. The term "working poor" should not be the reality of hard working Americans.
1929 1 week ago Ty Schwoeffermann Dear Mr President,

As a teenager I worked for a minimum wage. It was hard for to live off the funds I earned. I had to live minimally. There are many adults out there that work for a min...
1928 1 week ago Priscilla Jackson So wages increase more in line with rising costs
1927 1 week ago Anonymous I have been unemployed since September 12, 2012. I was employed for 15 years prior. I'm in real jeopardy of losing my home, which I built in 2005. I worked two jobs to save the money to purchase ...
1926 1 week ago Emanuel Sargent
1925 1 week ago Diane thomas We are all part of this great nation and we all want to make it better by working hard to help our fellow man grow and prosper. When our fellow man thinks only of self and becomes greedy we stop b...
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