The following is from the Jane Addams Senior Caucus.
Over three hundred senior citizens, their allies and aldermen gathered at Daley Plaza Tuesday to dramatically protest the housing and economic policies supported by Mayor Emanuel, which are having disastrous impact on struggling families and seniors.
The message chanted at the Rally was “What do we want? $15 Now! What do we want? CHA Housing Justice!”
Shatara Uhunmwangho, leader of Chicago Housing Initiative who is homeless said, “I made the decision to participate in the political theater and rally because I am a mother, I am a worker and I am on the waiting list for the Chicago Housing Authority. Affordable housing is an issue for my family. My daughter and I need a stable and affordable place to live. This year, the city council has the opportunity to vote on two important issues that would transform the lives of thousands and thousands of families – the Keeping the Promise Ordinance and $15 Minimum Wage for Chicago Ordinance.”
Hundreds of Chicagoans marched down the Magnificent Mile
Thursday, chanting, carrying signs, and demanding a higher wage for downtown’s service
industry and retail workers.
Part of the Workers
Organizing Committee of Chicago’s “Fight For 15” campaign to raise the
minimum wage to $15 per hour, the protest started with a 4 p.m. rally at Cityfront
Plaza. As protesters chanted “we can’t survive on $8.25,” minimum wage
employees spoke of economic hardships and community leaders spoke in support of
raising wages for downtown’s food and retail employees.
“I have a step-child to look after, medical bills I can’t
afford and student loans I have to pay off, but I’m not making enough money,”
said Robert Wilson Jr., 25, a seven-year employee of the McDonald’s on Navy
Pier. Wilson makes $8.35 per hour.
“We work hard for little pay and we deserve way more than
what we’re getting,” he said.