Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant hails the city's recent and historic passage of a 15.00 per hour minimum wage - the highest rate for any major city in the country, and more than twice the federal minimum rate.
Ms. Sawant, a
Seattle spokesperson in the Fight For 15 campaign, recently made
history herself, by becoming the first socialist elected to the city
council in a century - and while running for office on a platform
of raising the hourly minimum to 15.00 dollars. The raise is
incremental over almost a decade, a *minor* point critics (including Ms.
Sawant) have decried, but nevertheless, it does seem a very important step forward, considering the
monied strength of the opposition at a time in which U.S. income disparity is savagely developing.
I think a most important win Ms. Sawant mentions *is* the speed with which this has taken
place, the historical perspective; i.e. it is often "darkest before the dawn." So, most certainly, affirm yourselves, Seattleites - and take heed, Americans, across this great land. Keep on keepin' on with "the good fight." Keep hope and optimism alive. There *is* a way forward. Things can change, for the better. History says so.