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TAKE ACTION: President Obama: Raise Wages to Help Millions in Poverty

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Goal: Increase minimum wage to pull millions out of poverty across the United States.

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Beverly M. (88)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:32 pm
There are currently 46.5 million Americans living below the poverty level. Approximately 16.1 million of that number are children. If the minimum wage were increased by a few simple dollars, 4.6 million hardworking people could be lifted out of poverty immediately. Currently, there is a proposal passing through the legislative branches that supports increasing the minimum wage, an action that would have an incredibly positive effect on millions of lives. Sign this petition and support raising the minimum wage to help pull these human beings out of lives where they do not have adequate food, shelter, or health care.

During the recent recession, poverty levels rose 3.4% in the country. By raising the minimum wage, half of those people put into poverty by the recession would be immediately brought out. Economist Arindrajit Dube analyzed 23 years of data on minimum wage increases, and calculated that by bringing the minimum wage up to $10.10 per hour, it would bring the line up where it should be if minimum wage had kept up with inflation over the last 50 years. The current federal wage is $7.25 per hour, where it has stayed for the past four years. That is not enough to keep a parent who works full-time, year-round above the poverty level. It is also not enough to make market rent in a single state in the country. Minimum wage used to be designed in a way that it could keep a family of two above the poverty line, and in the 1960s it kept a family of three above the poverty line. This is no longer the case.

With so many millions of people suffering across the country, it seems clear that something must be done immediately to help. By simply bringing the minimum wage up to the level it should be at if it had been properly matched with inflation, nearly 5 million people will be brought above the poverty line instantly. And researchers say that it would also help millions more as time goes on, as well. Sign this petition to raise minimum wage and help fight rampant poverty.


Dear President Obama,

As I’m sure you are aware, poverty is a large problem for this country. As you mentioned in your February address, you support the need for raising the minimum wage. Unfortunately, since then, not a lot of action has been taken. However, a Fair Minimum Wage Act has been written, and should it pass through, I ask that you sign it into action.

At this very moment, there are 46.5 million Americans living below the poverty level. Approximately 1/3 of that number are children. By raising the minimum wage to match the rate of inflation of the past 50 years, we would be helping millions of citizens be able to have proper food, shelter, and health care–necessary essentials to life. I support raising the minimum wage and hope you will make good on your word.


A F. (129)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:17 pm
People are so worried about food stamp recipients costing tax payers money, but if you just raise the minimum wage to a LIVEABLE wage, you will save SO MUCH because so many won't need food stamps anymore. People aren't asking to be paid high wages for these jobs, just FAIR ones.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:28 pm
Noted and signed. TY Beverly

Natasha Salgado (662)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:34 pm
Done-thx Beverly

Ingrid A. (532)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:42 pm

Michela m. (4053)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:47 pm

Mary T. (339)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 8:07 pm
Thank you Beverly - Signed & noted

Ondine J. (130)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:27 pm
Noted and signed, thanks

Rose Becke (294)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 12:26 am
Your signature has been recorded.

Angelene B. (148)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:01 am

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Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:35 am

AniMae C. (473)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:53 am
Your signature has been recorded.

John Holton (353)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:56 am
S and N

Ben Oscarsito (370)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 5:22 am

Brad H. (27)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 7:43 am

Frances Darcy (231)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 8:01 am

Terrie Williams (788)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 9:46 am
Your signature has been recorded S/S/N

Terrie Williams (788)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 9:47 am
Spammer flagged

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:36 pm

Birgit W. (155)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:46 pm

Henrik Thorsen (29)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 3:35 pm

Apolonia Pl (399)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 3:43 pm

Jen A. (4)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 3:46 pm
Signed, with hopes of things changing.

. (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:20 pm
petition signed

barb horban (56)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:53 pm
Noted and signed

Patsy Olive (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 6:14 pm
Noted signed & tweeted,on this issue the children are the ones that are hurt the most. Been there I know what I am Talking about.

Judy C. (99)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 6:41 pm
This needs to be done! Signed. Thanks Beverly.

jess b (24)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 10:17 pm
signed ty

Jan Fridtjofsen (13)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 10:34 pm
Signed an spammer flagged.

Karen Kersten-Chestney (112)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 11:46 pm
Signed and sent to facebook and twitter----Thanks.

Sonali G. (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 2:15 am
Yes and as Tony Ben has quite logically stated "Wealth bubbles up..."

John De Avalon (36)
Friday January 10, 2014, 2:25 am
Gladly signed ...

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday January 10, 2014, 3:08 am
noted and signed

Roger Garin-michaud (134)
Friday January 10, 2014, 1:21 pm
noted, thanks

Lois Jordan (61)
Friday January 10, 2014, 1:44 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Beverly.

Kathleen R. (138)
Friday January 10, 2014, 3:19 pm
signed & noted

Colleen L. (2)
Friday January 10, 2014, 9:09 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Beverly

Karen Kersten-Chestney (112)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 2:17 am
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