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Week of Action Success
The 2014 National Week of Action for Real Prosperity took place the second week of April and it was a huge success! Spearheaded by PSN’s Economic Security Working Group, the Week of Action engaged over 50 legislators in 20 states. Legislators used the Week of Action as an opportunity to draw attention to the economic security issues they are championing in their states.
This year, legislators have continued their work to pass laws that would raise the minimum wage,
provide paid sick days and family leave for workers, and ensure equal pay for equal work.
Legislators who were in session during the Week of Action took the opportunity to increase pressure on their colleagues to pass pro-worker policies by living on the minimum wage and participating in community driven “poverty challenges” to understand and highlight the difficulties low income families face in their day-to-day lives.
Legislators also used this week to highlight the successes and failures of their legislature by holding hearings on retirement security and taking part in a joint blog carnival with MomsRising. In Nebraska, State Senators joined with the public to host a rally to raise the state’s minimum wage. Across the nation, the media took notice and published legislator-written op-eds, articles on legislators’ actions, and stories about the progressive policies legislators were advancing.
All of these actions took place as the US Senate was taking votes on equal pay, minimum wage, and paid leave. Legislators also participated in National Equal Pay Day through a Twitter Storm with the National Women’s Law Center.
The robust collaboration by state legislators and advocates made the National Week of Action a great success, and we look forward to building upon this invaluable work in the future. Below you'll find a round up of all the events and some photos from the Week of Action.
State Legislators & Partners in Action: Here’s What Happened!
State Senator Katie Hobbs wrote a blog post on equal pay for Arizonan women for a MomsRising Blog Carnival. She also participated in a National Women’s Law Center Tweet Storm on Equal Pay.
State Representative Joe Salazar spoke at a forum hosted by the White House and the Department Of Labor’s Women’s Bureau on women-centric issues.
State Senator Jessie Ulibarri participated in the Minimum Wage Challenge during the week and also spoke at a forum hosted by the White House and DOL’s Women’s Bureau on women-centric issues.
State Senators Mike Johnston, Rachel Zenzinger, and John Kefalas took the Minimum Wage Challenge alongside Senator Ulibarri during the Week of Action.
State Senator Gary Holder-Winfield took the Minimum Wage Grocery Challenge and authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival.
State Senator Dwight Bullard and Representatives Cynthia Stafford, Kionne McGhee, Shevrin Jones, Bobby Powell, Ricardo Rangel, Victor Torres, Clovis Watson and Jose Javier Rodriguez lived on a minimum wage for a week in solidarity with low-wage workers.
State Senator Nan Orrock spoke at a forum hosted by the White House and DOL’s Women’s Bureau on women-centric issues and authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival.
State Representative Erin Herbig co-authored an Op-Ed on equal pay for women with the Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Lobby.
State Delegate Tom Hucker authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival.
State Representative Kay Khan authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival.
State Representative Rashida Tlaib took the Minimum Wage Grocery Challenge, participated in a press conference with Mothering Justice, and authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival.
State Senator Virgil Smith participated in a press conference with Mothering Justice.
State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood took the Minimum Wage Grocery Challenge and participated in a press conference with Mothering Justice.
State Representative Ray Dehn authored a blog post on Equal Pay.
State Senator Sandy Pappas held a Press Conference on Minnesota’s Women’s Economic Security Act.
State Senators Jeremy Nordquist, Heath Mello, and Danielle Conrad held a rally to announce a ballot campaign to raise the minimum wage.
State Senator Tanya Cook participated in the rally to announce a ballot campaign to raise the minimum wage and authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival.
State Senator Tick Segerblom authored an Op-Ed and held an event with a small business about the need for quality jobs.
State Representative Alma Adams co-authored an Op-Ed with Ellen Bravo of Family Values @ Work, discussed the importance of economic security policies with retired black teachers, and interviewed a cur- rent principal and teacher.
State Senator Tim Mathern pledged to introduce parental leave legislation and authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival.
State Representative Denise Driehaus authored an Op-Ed and participated in a poverty simulation.
State Senator Diane Rosenbaum held an Equal Pay Rally.
State Representative Erin Molchany held an Equal Pay rally with other PA legislators, authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival and met with a local business to discuss pro-worker policies.
State Senator Gayle Goldin authored a blog for a MomsRising Blog Carnival and wrote an Op-Ed on economy boosting policies.
State Senators Steve Conway, Karen Keiser, Bob Hasegawa, Maralyn Chase, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Karen Fraser, and Representative Chris Reykdal held a hearing on retirement security issues.
State Representative Mandela Barnes Lived on Minimum Wage for the week.