If the council won’t, we will!

We're bringing a $12.50 minimum wage to DC. And we need your help.Washington, DC needs a raise. And here’s the good news: we don’t need to wait for the City Council — we can do it ourselves. 

This morning, I stood outside the DC City Council offices with 50 Working Families leaders and activists to announce our plan to bring the minimum wage directly to the voters. We’re putting a $12.50 minimum wage on the November 2014 ballot.

We’ll have to collect more than 23,000 petition signatures from DC residents to make this happen. But we need your help.

Can you chip in $3 to help get us off to a good start?

DC Working Families launched because our city’s elected officials spend too much time listening to powerful corporate interests, and not enough to the people of the District.

This summer, Mayor Gray vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have required big box stores — some of the most profitable businesses in Washington, DC — to pay at least $12.50 an hour. Mayor Gray said he wanted a single standard across the city. And under heavy pressure from Walmart, the City Council couldn’t muster the votes to override.

He wants one standard? We’ve got it. A $12.50 minimum wage for everyone. And we don’t need to wait for the City Council’s OK, because we’re bringing the issue straight to the voters.

Our nation’s capitol should not also be the capitol of inequality.

Join the campaign by contributing $3 to help put a minimum wage increase on the 2014 ballot.

It’ll take lots of signature gathering door-to-door and at Metro stations. But with your help, we can get it done.

Delvone Michael
DC Working Families