When you hear the words “I have a dream,” you most likely picture the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. calling for racial harmony and equality before a crowd of hundreds of thousands. King’s words at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom resonate just as deeply today as they did 50 years ago.
This week, people from across this country will mark the 50th anniversary of the march, many of them even traveling to Washington. But if these celebrations simply focus on King’s speech, we will do a great disservice to the work of the march and its leaders.
That’s why, in this morning’s Star-Ledger, we called upon New Jersey workers to view this anniversary as a call to action.
Fifty years ago, King and his fellow marchers called for an increase to the minimum wage to $2 per hour, the equivalent of $15.26 in today’s dollars. Today, New Jersey’s minimum wage is just $7.25 per hour, but we can vote to raise it to $8.25 per hour and tie future increases to the cost of living. By voting to raise the minimum wage, we’ll be honoring King’s legacy and keeping the dream alive through direct action.
We also need your help to make sure every voter knows that minimum wage is on the ballot. We need your help to make sure every voter knows where the candidates stand on the issues affecting working people.
We’re looking forward to working alongside you to keep the dream alive.