Date(s) - 12/05/2013
#OWS D5 City Wide Solidarity and Direct Day of Action For Fast Food/Low /Under and NO Wage Workers
Please join us for the commencement of the week long days of action in New York City to us in a new era in the fight for social and economic justice after 20 years of right wing/republican/neo liberal rule in New York City.
On December 5th 2013 we will hold a series of solidarity actions for fast food, low/under and no wage(Unpaid Interns and other workers) throughout New York City. Locations To Be Announced…
Planning meetings for this action occur Tuesdays and Fridays at 60 Wall Street Lower Manhattan and Wednesday at 147 W.24th Street 2nd Floor. All meetings start at 6:30pm
WHY WE OCCUPY ON #OWSD5
Participation and support for this action are based on the understanding that *15$ an hour is just the beginning of a struggle to improve the quality of life and economic justice for the 99% in New York City. Below are 10 points key issues we’d plan to address:
1. Your quality of life is adversely affected if you spend more than 50% of your net income or salary on basic necessities like rent, food, electricity, healthcare and other needs.
2. Debt and interest payments from credit cards and or student loans are higher than monthly salaries.
3. The average rent on an apartment in New York City shot up to $3,017 a month this quarter, according to data compiled by REIS, a real estate research firm. Even at 15$ an hour, a 40 hour work week equals $2.400 a month BEFORE taxes.
4. In 2011, 46 percent of New Yorkers were considered either poor or almost-poor. (The income gap in New York City is comparable to those of some sub-Saharan African countries), according to the New York Times.
5. The New York Times reports the average price to buy a Manhattan apartment was a “stratospheric $1.425 million” this spring.
6. ‘Official’ City estimates show that one out of every five New Yorkers, 1.7 million people, live below the Federal poverty line and one out of every ten New Yorkers has a full or part-time job and still lives below the poverty line.
7. Multi-trillion dollar banks like Chase make millions of dollars off public assistance recipients by processing their cash allotments from their food/cash assistance cards.
8. According to a study by Picture the Homeless, there are more habitable and abandoned buildings in New York City than there are homeless people. Meanwhile, the City provides shelter to more than 20,000 homeless children each night costing it more money than the cost of providing rental subsidies to house them in apartments.
9. It would cost the city $33 a day to house someone in an apartment but instead subcontractors charge the City 137 dollars to house in a shelter. And It costs $36,000 a year to shelter a homeless family in New York City. In comparison, a rental voucher is $10,000 a year says Patrick Markee, a policy analyst at the non-profit Coalition for the Homeless.
10. A progressive tax on Wall Street/Stock Market would bring in billions of dollars potentially paying for the entire subway system, salaries of teachers, firefighters, public and private sector workers, improve public services, community and health care centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of others needs for the 99%
What can we do about all this?
As part of the fight for a higher minimum rate of pay for low wage workers we are calling for raises and the cost of living/rent/basic necessities DECREASES, and we are working on awareness and legislation to begin this process.
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