ORGANIZER: OIC of America
OIC of America wrote -
OIC of America is launching a campaign to change the narrative for poor people nationwide. We are committed to the priniciples of Economic Justice and Racial parity.
Economic Justice: The promise that every human being, regardless of race, economic standing, sexual orientation, age, or gender will have the same opportunity to create a dignified, productive, and purposeful life.
Towards this end, OIC of America is advocating for the following issues which affect poor people in a disproportionate way:
1. Ban the Box Legislation: Protecting the employment prospects of people with a criminal history. 70 million Americans have some type of arrest or criminal record. Currently, employers are permitted to deny employment to individuals by requiring all applicants to divulge their resolved criminal past. OIC seeks to reinforce federal protections for people with a criminal record by advocating for federal legislation which would BAN THE BOX on job applications which asks whether the applicant has ever been arrested or convicted of a crime.
2. Raise The Minimum Wage Legislation: The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour. For a full time year round worker, that wage translates into an annual income of just $15,080. OIC of America believes that each of us is entitled to earn a living wage; therfore, we advocate for the indexing of the miniumum wage which would index the wage automatically to keep pace with the rising cost of living. The minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.