What Minimum-Wage Supporters Can Learn from Earth Day Advocacy

Labor 411 Founder and Publisher Cherri Senders gives some insight into the parallels between the green movement and the labor movement and how the latter should emulate the former in order to gain a foothold in the everyday lives of Americans. The article comes via the LA Daily News.

It’s a tale of two movements, embodied in the stark differences between the annual celebrations of their respective causes.

Earth Day, celebrating 45 years today, has grown into a global phenomenon marked by thousands of events that combine festivities with advocacy. A stunning 1 billion people participate each year, including millions of Americans, making it the largest civic observance in the world, according to its organizers.

Labor Day, on the other hand, is more holiday than hell raiser. Yes, there are rallies and marches, but for most Americans the first Monday in September is about barbecue and beer and not the dignity of working people. In an age where levels of economic inequality in the U.S. rival those during the Great Depression, this is a real shame.

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