The Portland chapter of the Maine Greens will soon begin the process to create a living wage of $15 an hour for Portland workers via a citywide citizens' initiative.
Dismayed that the Mayor's lackluster proposal for increasing the minimum wage will still leave far too many residents unable to afford Portland's skyrocketing cost of living, the Portland Greens' ordinance will create a true living wage for Portland's working people.
We've already seen from examples around the USA where meaningful minimum wage increases have passed, that contrary to prevailing political thought, a higher minimum wage does not result in job loss-- but the opposite.
Over and over we've seen that a meaningful minimum wage increase instead facilitates more money flowing through the local community, leading to job growth and an improved economy.
There are currently two working proposals that approach the way in which this wage increase will be applied. There will be a meeting in room 24 at city hall, Wednesday, March 11th at 5:30, where the Portland Greens will finalize the details.
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In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Green Party's 2012 Vice Presidential candidate is taking a leading role in public school parents' challenges to high stakes standardized testing. Cheri Honkala, the parent of a child in the Philadelphia public school system, is also the national coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.
In October, Honkala sent and published a letter to the principal of her son's school requesting that he receive permission to opt-out of a number of state-mandated standardized tests. She wrote that "standardized testing is against our religious and philosophical beliefs." Opting out of the tests would "allow [her son] to pursue other educational activities such as independent reading, book reports, research projects, volunteering in the library, etc." Several weeks later, Honkala and her organization followed up by participating in a forum on standardized testing at Philadelphia City Hall.
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