An initiative has been made in order to increase California's minimum wage to $15. It has been successfully qualified for the state's ballot in November.
The proposal is meant to raise California’s minimum wage from $10 to $11 starting from Jan. 1, 2017 and it would be increased by a dollar every year until it reaches $15 an hour in 2021.
The California’s secretary of state announced on Tuesday that the required 400,000 signatures needed to appear on the statewide ballot had been received.
Raising the minimum wage will significantly help black people, women and other disadvantaged individuals, as these groups of people always become victims of low-wage jobs. The African American communities have been demanding for a raising minimum wage since history.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, African Americans will represent 11 percent of the workforce by 2016, but nearly 15 percent of those would benefit from one minimum wage proposal which is under consideration in Congress.
For generations, minimum wage has been a basic civil rights problem.
In February 2014, there was a meeting between the civil rights leaders and President Obama where the civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton described the need to raise the minimum wage as a “central concern in [the African-American] community.”
Black people are mostly unemployed and it’s very difficult for them to find jobs. Raising the minimum wage will help to reduce poverty and promote income equality. This will be a life changing experience for African Americans and for families facing high levels of poverty and low income.