low wage workers


I’d like to take a moment to introduce my latest project called “The Model Minority Reality.” This photo essay portrays working class Asian Americans struggling to make ends meet in New York. Asian Americans are often stereotyped to be the “model minority” because they are viewed as successful, wealthy, and highly educated. But this is not true for millions of Asian Americans working in various low paying service jobs, such as cooks, waiters, nail salon workers, street vendors, grocery store clerks, and more.

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Gentle witch little things

Simple things you can do to bring more love and positivity into the world:

  • enchant the bus or train you’re on, so that everybody has a pleasant day or a safe travel home
  • paint protective sigils in the misty windows of buses or shops when it rains, and leave words of encouragement and praise on public bathrooms’ mirrors
  • bless passing ambulances and firefighter trucks with speed and safety for their patients/destination
  • wear an enchanted lipstick/gloss for your smile to brighten the day of everybody you meet
  • enchant your spare change so that it gives luck to the beggars you donate it to; they need it, don’t they?
  • actually, just enchant your money, so that retail and low-wage workers can have a better day when they serve you
  • leave blessed acorns and harmless trinkets in various places like buses or waiting rooms; give other people something to wonder about and make their day, and kids an item to roll in their hands mindlessly
  • bless food and leave it for stray animals; let birds be messangers of hope and miraclous event for everybody that sees them
  • whisper encouragement to trees and grass you pass by; let them know someone cares, someone sees their beauty, and awaits their bloom
  • smile at children and pets; provide them with the positive energy that the world is trying to kill in them
  • leave motivational notes, praise and silly drawings charged with love and hope on post-it notes as you go; they can brighten the day of those that find them
19 Striking Images Tell the Story of Asians in America No One Is Talking About
It's a story that needs to be told.
By Mic

My photo series “The Model Minority Reality” has been featured on Mic.com!!! Please check it out and share with your friends and followers!!!!

Bernie Sanders To Join Low-Wage Workers On Strike From U.S. Capitol Buildings

Workers who serve food at the United States Capitol went on strike Tuesday morning to protest their low wages and call attention to retaliatory actions they say their employer has taken against workers who want to unionize.

That company, Restaurant Associates, holds the federal contract to operate the cafeterias in the Capitol Visitors Center and in the Senate itself. The government contracts out janitorial and food service work at many public buildings, paying taxpayer money to private companies rather than employing service workers directly.

It is a common myth that very low-wage workers—workers who would see a raise if the minimum wage were increased—are mostly teenagers. The reality is that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would primarily benefit older workers. 88 percent of workers who would be affected by raising the minimum wage are at least 20 years old, and a third of them are at least 40 years old.

New York MLK Day 2014: Support Low Wage Workers, Demand $15/hr & a Union

Monday, January 20 - Assemble at 1pm

Union Square Park, 14th St. & Broadway, Manhattan

Millions of low-wage workers – working in fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, large retail stores like Walmart and thousands of other places including the Airports in and around New York City – are standing up and fighting for a living wage, better working conditions and the right to be in a union.      .

Support low-wage airport workers’ demand to have the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday with pay!

Right now, 15,000 low-wage workers who do maintenance work and many other jobs at NYC’s three major airports are fighting for a living wage and a union. These airport workers work for various contractors that pay close to the minimum wage, offer little or no healthcare and paid sick days. These workers do not even get the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday off with pay.      

These workers have demanded that the Port Authority of NY & NJ, which operates JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports, declare that airport workers be given the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Mon. January 20, 2014 with pay. The airport workers and all workers who are forced to work low-wage jobs need your support.

Start the New Year with supporting this important fight for social & economic justice on Jan. 20, 2014

Called by: 

People’s Power Assemblies  
147 W 24th St., 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 1001                      
(212) 633-6646

OccuEvolve (OWS)



Senators, New York City Council Members, and low wage workers gathered in front of New York City Hall to rally for a $15 minimum wage.


While the media focuses elsewhere, a vast, growing network of young organizers fight to show Black lives matter

A few months after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, President Obama invited seven activists from Missouri, Ohio, New York and Florida to represent their communities in a discussion about the growing public concern over police violence aimed at communities of color. The activists were affiliated with Young Activists United St. Louis, Millennial Activists United, the Dream Defenders, the Ohio Student Associationand Make the Road New York. The groups had been organizing resistance in their communities on issues spanning the prison industrial complex and the school-to-prison pipeline to increasing student debt, unfair housing practices and living incomes for low-wage workers. The determination of this network of young people was only strengthened by the recent national attention given to police and white vigilante killings of unarmed black and brown youth.

“This is only the beginning. We are going to keep mobilizing because we are fighting for our lives.”