@61: Ah, but small businesses still profit from this situation. To say low wage workers must choose between small businesses and low wages or box stores and higher wages is a ridiculous proposition. It essentially says that low wage workers actually owe
businesses of a certain size something out of this whole arrangement and that the real enemy is not the inequality but an oh-so-scary box store that might show up. It pretends that the burden of inequality must be shouldered for as long as possible until small businesses can be propped up high enough and then
we can work on fixing the problem.
You should review that wage increases have never once caught up to early- and mid-century inflation thanks to being stalled, watered down, carved out and made weak in the face of demands business made in various points from the wartime accord era. Hell, part of the impetus that urged Nixon to sign his minimum wage increase was anxiety over the war compounded by broad wage inequality. It really will take double-digit increases to catch up. That's raw economic fact.
Next up, what in the world is this:
First, you get people fed and healthy, then help them with the roof over their head, then educate or train them in a skill...then put them to work. The idea is that they feel better about themselves and might even have a chance at happiness. Leaving out these steps, will only produce more of the same and that's just One problem with this 15 NOW. But we all know that's a daunting task and someone will have to grow some fairly big cojones to tackle all that AND tell corporations to go take a hike right our of our city
I can't think of any rational activist who thinks we can leave social welfare behind in this whole thing. Addressing income inequality is a part -- a middling sized part -- of a broader initiative. And on top of that it's terribly condescending to say "well, take care of their needs and they'll feel better about themselves and it'll all work out". I've seen people in my tribe and other tribes, immigrants and people of color struggle through school with some help only to land on their faces when they're done because, even when they get help, there's always unseen things that obstruct and offend every effort certain people make to better themselves. So activists, the ones doing the work, aren't committing themselves to the limited cause of preventing harm to small businesses by hiding behind the genuinely oppressed. They're doing EVERYTHING THEY CAN to solve real problems.
: don't go waving your finger at activists by saying poor and underserved groups need to be made to feel happy first. I'm hella happy right now. I can look at statistics that say only 3/10 people of Native American/Alaska Native descent that can even manage to be hired amid awkwardly high unemployment will even get a decent wage (I got my diploma, call me somebody!) and yet I still call my grandma, who was called "injun" and other even worse pejoratives to her face when she was out in the workforce, and we'll still laugh and have a good conversation because, hell, we're happy. So don't worry about that.