(Matthew 7:7-12 NIV)
7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Among those paid by the hour, 1.3 million earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. About 1.7 million had wages below the federal minimum. Together, these 3.0 million workers with wages at or below the federal minimum made up 3.9 percent of all hourly paid workers. (BLS.gov)
- Housing: $414.12
- Food & Beverage: $150.58
- Apparel: $33.52
- Transportation: $150.76
- Medical Care: $76.12
- Recreation: $56.695
- Education & Communication: $69.63
- Other Goods & Services: $33.46
FACT SHEET: PROPOSED RULEMAKING TO IMPLEMENT EXECUTIVE ORDER 13658, ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM WAGE FOR CONTRACTORS On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors,” to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers on Federal construction and service contracts. The President took this executive action because raising wages will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government. Boosting wages lowers turnover, increases morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall on Federal contracts. The Executive Order directed the Department of Labor to issue regulations to implement the new Federal contractor minimum wage. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is an important milestone in raising the minimum wage for workers on Federal contracts. (Department of Labor)
This past weekend I wrote out a poster stating that 1)Food (Comida) 2)Water (Agua) 3)Shelter (Casa) 4) Love (Amor) should be provided by family and community. Below that I wrote that #OneFairWage would be $20,000 per year, as the #2 is the number for partnership. Everyone working in the United States of America is working in partnership with the country if they are using the currency commissioned by the country. Thus, everyone is contracting with the United States of America as long as they choose to work using its currency. That includes immigrants, refugees and ex-offenders who get paid under the table, often times less than minimum wage. They get taken advantage of because of their vulnerability, be it not knowing the language, not having a social security number, or having their social security number compromised. During our #JustHours training, march & rally I proposed the following in addition to Food, Water, Shelter & Love being provided for the community.
- $400 per week ($10 per hour for 40 hours per week) -- too many hours -- less time equals more family time.
- $360 per week ($15 per hour for 24 hours per week) #FightFor15 = Honest Days Work for Honest Days Pay (Full Circle)
- $400 per week ($20 per hour for 20 hours per week) #2020Vision
Money is like a drug. Most people just want more of it so that they can get high off of consuming their favorite vices whether food, drugs, shoes, clothes, jewelry, cars or other status symbols that act to overcompensate for what's often times what's lacking life satisfaction. Ms. Badu taught me that "truth and blessings manifest with every lesson learned. If your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned." I used to listen to that song everyday as I cooked in the kitchen at a home I used to live in. Money is not a need. Food is a need. Water is a need. Air is a need. Even shelter is a luxury, although life without it is really stressful.
“Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around eight million homes. It is estimated that another eight to ten million homes will be foreclosed before the financial crisis is over. This approach to resolving one part of the financial crisis means many, many families are living without adequate and secure housing. In addition, approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless, many of them veterans. It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.” (MintPressNews.com)
You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up
hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other.
You can’t worship God and Money both.
Matthew 6:24 – The Message
See you. Be you. Do more