Houston activists attended a press conference on Wednesday, July 10 2013 at Houston City Hall called by Fe y Justicia Worker Center and other organizations, including Houston Organization of Public Employees, SEIU Unite, Texas Organizing Project, People Before Profits and Mi Familia Vota.
The purpose of the press conference was to bring awareness to an important report from the Economic Policy Institute on the required living wage for Houston. The report is titled: "What Families Need to Get By: The 2013 Update of Family Budget Calculator."
A Houston family of 2 adults and 2 children need an annual living wage of $63,600 to secure a decent yet modest living in Houston. The Federal Poverty Guideline is $23,550 for the same size family in 2013. As you can see, even families living above the poverty level cannot meet minimum standards of living.
One-in-four Houston residents lives in poverty and poverty has a racist edge. One-in-three African Americans and Hispanic families live in poverty versus 8% for non-Hispanic whites.
Houston needs a raise!
In Dallas, County Judge Clay Jenkins and others have responded to President Obama's call for raising the minimum wage. It should be possible to develop massive coalitions around this dire need of the working class.
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