REVEREND CHARLES STRAIGHT
The People’s Lobby
In the United State we have an unfair system that allows corporations to profit from low-wage workers, especially in communities of color. As the Pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church in the low-income suburb of Dolton, IL, it is distressing for me to witness my neighbors and parishioners work 40 hours a week and still live in poverty. As a man of faith, I believe that it is a moral crisis that the minimum wage is not a living wage. This conviction compelled me to join The People’s Lobby and their campaign to raise the minimum wage for Cook County.
"As a man of faith, I believe that it is a moral crisis that the minimum wage is not a living wage."
It was an opportunity for me to put my faith and ministry for justice in action. The People’s Lobby brought together workers, faith leaders, and community members to engage in direct action organizing and advocacy efforts.
Together, we moved the County Board to pass the Minimum Wage Ordinance which will raise the minimum wage for Cook County (including in unincorporated areas) workers to $13.00 by 2020. As a leader with The People’s Lobby, I will continue to advocate for a living wage across the state and worker rights. I truly believe that when we all do better, we all do better.