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Step Up Orlando – Labor Day Poverty Awareness Rally
September 7, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
What: Step Up Orlando – Labor Day Peaceful Protest and Demonstration in Downtown Orlando.
When: 9am to 11am September 7 (Labor Day)
Where: Meet at Wall Street Cantina at corner of South Orange Ave and Wall Street anytime between 9 and 11.
How: volunteer protesters will be paired with another volunteer to march the full circuit of Orange Ave from the Orlando Sentinel to City Hall and back. One volunteer will serve as the guide for their partner who will be blindfolded and holding an awareness or protest sign. Blindfolds represent Orlando being blind to the reality that we are the lowest wage economy in the country with the highest homeless population. Water and signs will be provided along with materials to make your own signs should you wish to do so.
Why: According to the US bureau of Labor Statistics, Metro Orlando ranks last out of the top 50 markets in median wage, last in % of adults earning over $50,000 annually, first in the number of adults earning less that $25,000 annually and 1st in homelessness among similar sized cities. This is NOT a protest to encourage a minimum wage hike. It is not left or right issue and we are avoiding getting sucked into a third rail discussion on the minimum wage. This demonstration is for the protesters as much as it is for the leaders in our community. We want to raise the level of discourse when it comes to livable incomes beyond just the one dimensional issue of a minimum wage.
Parking: please be prepared to pay for your own parking in the Central Avenue Library garage or any available street parking.
Details: Children, Pets, Wheelchairs, Skateboards and Rocketpacks are all welcome. Please no alcohol, wear comfortable clothing and no smoking. All participants must remain on public sidewalks, not loiter in one place for more than five minutes and obey all traffic and pedestrian safety laws. Distributed materials may be kept by all participants.