Medicare For All And Fight For $15 Chicago

April 4, 2017, 3:30 p.m. rally and march, 5:30 p.m. teach-in

Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn, at 3:30 pm CTU HQ, 1901 W. Carroll, at 5:30 pm Chicago, IL

Not a single-payer event, but an opportunity for single-payer activists to wear our ISPC tee shirts and single-payer buttons, talk to people and sign up supporters, and pass out flyers.

The struggle to form unions and for a living wage, and the struggle for single-payer health care are linked: social justice, including economic and health care justice, requires both. A $15 wage and a union will not make all necessary health care accessible to everyone: we need national Medicare for all to do that. A single-payer health care system is necessary but not sufficient for promoting health: we need also to address the social determinants of health, including living wage jobs, good working conditions, and education.

From the organizers:

The Fight for $15 has partnered up nationally with the Movement for Black Lives for a day of action on April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The story broke this morning & the link is below.  Also, Attached is a social media packet and graphics for you and your organization to share.

3:30 PM Federal Plaza, 219 S Dearborn: The Fight for $15 is joining forces with Black Lives Matter Chicago, and The Resist Trump Tuesdays Movement (One Northside, Jane Adams Senior Caucus, and The Peoples Lobby) to lift up MLK & demand a $15 minimum wage for IL: We will call out Trump, Rauner and McDonalds for standing in the way of economic, racial and gender justice.

Black and brown people help companies like McDonald’s make billions of dollars every year. More than half of black workers in America are paid less than $15/hour. Nearly 60 percent of Latino workers are paid less than $15/hour. Discrimination against women of color at the workplace is especially harsh: Latinas make only 54 percent as much as white men, and black women make only 63 percent as much as white men.

Resist, Reimagine, Rebuild, 1901 W Carroll (CTU HQ): The Fight for $15 is joining together with 32 plus organizations for a citywide teach in linking MLK, economic & racial justice and the need to build a united front with many movements.

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