All Saints Church is honored to be part of the growing coalition of community partners leading the push for economic justice for Pasadena workers.
According to Francisco Garcia, All Saints’ Director of Peace & Justice, “A recent report in the Pasadena Weekly indicates that Pasadena is one of the most unequal cities in the state of California when it comes to the income gap between the rich and the poor — with over 22,000 of the nearly 70,000 employed Pasadena residents earning less than $15 per hour.”
An estimated 200 members of a growing coalition of local community, faith, and labor gathered on Saturday, January 24 at Madison Elementary School for a forum highlighting the experiences of working people in the City of Pasadena. The program included hearing direct testimony from workers about how low wages impact their quality of life and that of their families, learning more about a proposal to expand the existing living wage ordinance in Pasadena, and how participants can get involved in the effort.
Occidental College’s Peter Drier made this report in an email following the forum:
“The movement for economic justice in Pasadena is gaining momentum. About 200 people showed up this morning for a community forum on inequality in Pasadena and heard 3 of the 4 candidates for Mayor publicly endorse our proposal for a citywide minimum wage.
All successful movements start with an idea that some consider too “radical,” then gather initial support, inject it into the public debate, then build more support by mobilizing diverse constituents, challenge and split the opposition, demonstrate that the so-called “radical” idea is actually common sense, then gain enough momentum to win – in this case, getting the Pasadena City Council to adopt the minimum wage law.”