In an exciting four-city national tour last week, hotel workers and thousands of their supporters kicked off a historic campaign to lift hotel workers and their families out of poverty and help them achieve the American dream. Many prominent politicians were present at each of the cities and pledged to fully support the Hotel Workers Rising campaign. Senator John Edwards, who visited each of the cities during the tour, delivered a strong message of solidarity to hotel workers and promised to work with them to help them attain a better life. In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom told a crowd of over 2,000 "you cannot live a good life in an unjust society," and called rising income inequality in America "an outrage."
In Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hailed the campaign and the workers’ courage, while actor and activist Danny Glover, who also traveled to each of the cities on the tour, personally met with dozens of hotel workers in each of the cities and called them his "real brothers and sisters."
"If workers have a decent standard of living, they will give back to their communities," said Angela Reid, a non-union Hilton worker who traveled on the Hotel Workers Rising kick-off tour. "Instead of working three jobs, parents can do homework with their kids at night, keep them from joining gangs. Hotel workers, union and non-union, are going to lift each other up."
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