WAGING CHANGE | NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT CAMPAIGN

 

We are excited to launch the national engagement campaign for Waging Change, a new documentary by the Peabody Award winning Director/Producer Abby Ginzberg. Abby and her film company Social Action Media has been producing documentaries about race and social justice for more than 30 years including Stay Woke: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me (in production), And Then They Came for Us, Agents of Change, and Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, to name a few.

Why a national engagement campaign for Waging Change?

The Federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour. IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE! Tipping is part of the American way of life, particularly in restaurants.  But what most Americans do not know is that the majority of people serving their food do not get paid a minimum wage and are forced to rely on tips to feed themselves and their families.  With a federal sub-minimum wage of $2.13 for tipped workers, many servers and restaurant workers depend on food stamps to eat.  Women servers who depend on tips to make ends meet are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment, which is now being recognized as a huge problem throughout the restaurant industry as well as in the rest of the country. As these workers begin to speak out and organize for a living wage, the landscape is changing.  Waging Change weaves the stories of individual workers such as Nataki Rhodes of Chicago and Wardell Harvey of New Orleans with the efforts of thousands of restaurant workers and bartenders across the country to demand dignity, respect and one fair wage.

Once the film is released, copies of the film can be purchased by our partners in order to host local screenings. Resources will continue to be made available on this website throughout the outreach and screening process.

We will need your help in getting the film more widely seen especially in light of the current climate around #OneFairWage, #MeToo, and equality in the workforce. 

We need partners for our social media outreach and national and community engagement efforts, that have so many courageous voices already behind us, including Saru Jayaraman, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, One Fair Wage, and ROC United, Please partner with us to share this critical story!