Tipped Workers Haven’t Had A Raise Since 1991

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Last Thursday, February 13 (2/13), advocates rallied, organized, and spoke out in support of raising the US tipped minimum wage of $2.13.  Tipped workers include parking lot attendants, bellhops, baggage porters, waiters, waitresses, and food deliverers.  They haven’t seen a raise since 1991.  In real terms, $2.13 in 1991 is worth $1.24 today.  I’m a member of the National Coalition to Raise the Minimum Wage, and am particularly pleased to support this issue.  You can read more in the Guardian.  

Private Prisons Profiting From Mass Incarceration

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The United States is the prison capital of the world.  Despite having 5% of the world’s total population, the U.S. houses roughly a quarter of the world’s prisoners. The majority live in cramped, shameful squalor.

In their efforts to curb prison overcrowding, some states are sending inmates to private out-of-state prisons hundreds or even thousands of miles away from home.  This policy impedes rehabilitation, hurts families, and rewards rent-seeking prisons.  I co-authored this piece with Holly Kirby, a researcher and organizer with Grassroots Leadership.  I currently serve on Grassroots’ Board of Directors.  You can read more in Al Jazeera America.