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12/9/2016 | Improving Job Quality, Building the Sustainability Initiative, Raising the Minimum Wage, Restoring a Fair Workweek

We Must Fight for Justice


Community members gather to make their voices heard on Fair Workweek Scheduling, May 2016

Dear Supporter,

My name is Daron Williams and I am a field manager with CPD Partner, Working Washington. Like most of us on November 9, I woke up with mixed emotions asking myself many of the same questions others across the country are still grappling with. Where do we go from here? What does this mean for me and my family? How do we move forward?

While these are trying times, I see this as an opportunity. We have two choices: we can either succumb to the hate and bigotry or we can dust ourselves off, hold our head up high and choose to fight on. I choose action - we must fight against racism, sexism, and xenophobia. We must fight for justice.  

While our national politics failed to live up to our aspirations this year, CPD and Working Washington working together at a local level accomplished hugely important victories for working families across the state.

In September, Secure Scheduling legislation passed, adding stability and predictability to Seattle shift workers’ hourly incomes and schedules. On Election Day, we passed the Raise Up Washington ballot initiative, which will raise the minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020, impacting 730,000 workers and providing access to earned sick days for a million workers across the state.

Looking ahead to 2017, we are building together with CPD, an innovative street canvass program that will eventually be able to generate the majority of our organization's annual revenue.

The Center for Popular Democracy supports the most ambitious, innovative community-led campaigns to fight for and win significant advances for working families in Washington State and across the country.

Now more than ever, we need to stick together, stay organized, strong and determined. We need to reclaim our power and our influence.

We need organizations like the Center for Popular Democracy to keep fighting with us to build a movement that reflects everyone in this country.

CPD will continue supporting low-wage workers to win improved pay and conditions, fighting to promote opportunity for immigrant families, combating discriminatory policing and promoting high-quality, public education. But we need your help to keep moving forward.

I am asking you to support CPD today to build the strength and power of partner organizations like Working Washington, and the campaigns we're engaged in together. 

We cannot do this aloneJoin the fight and donate today! 

In solidarity,

Daron Williams
Field Manager
Working Washington