I gotta gloat. To those who say grassroots organizing doesn’t work, it’s an excuse for angry kids to break windows downtown, its time has passed, etc., I say: “$15 minimum wage.”
As in: "Seattle is going to have a $15 minimum wage, and it wouldn’t have happened without grassroots organizing."15 Now was the work of a lot of people (most of them, adults) with a direct stake in its success ... persistent people, unafraid to hit the streets, unafraid to create and use leverage via a prospective ballot measure.
For their efforts, they won a better minimum wage and, moreover, established themselves as a group that Seattle’s political elite could not ignore without paying a price.I hope 15 Now continues to organize – and win. $15 in ‘15!