Raise the Minimum Wage: pt. 1
Created by: Jackson Riley
An important issue in our country is raising the minimum wage. The minimum wage within the United States is $7.25. When thinking about the minimum wage of $7.25, this is not simply enough for a person to live what we consider a livable wage. A livable wage determines how much a person needs to make to have enough for the typical living expenses, such as rent, bills, and food. In this day and age, $7.25 an hour is not simply enough for a person to earn without being at risk of losing their homes or not having enough to provide for themselves or their families. When creating my protest art, I used Canva to create three posters. One poster I created has general information on how the minimum wage affects the United States as a country. I also created two posters that focus on two major groups of people affected by the minimum wage. Women and people of color represent a big number of those who are affected by the minimum wage. While creating my protest art, I put images and information based on the research I have done to represent that the minimum wage we currently have in the United States is just not enough. I understand that not everyone agrees on raising the minimum wage, however, I do hope to convince others to really think about this issue and possibly change their view on it. Based on my research, I found it very sad that there are more Americans that live at minimum wage than we think. I really hope that these posters express how the minimum wage makes it harder for some people to afford a decent living. No one should have to work an outrageous number of hours in order to make ends meet. No one should have to work more than one job as well because one job doesn’t pay enough. Working a minimum wage job does not determine one’s worth. I think it is very important to put ourselves in other’s shoes to understand that not everyone is not as fortunate as others and is not going to live the life that they do.
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