The hundreds of clergy and tens of thousands of congregants in Arise Chicago’s network draw on sacred Scriptures and thousands of years of tradition to affirm that every human being is created in the image of God and deserving of sacred treatment—in the home, on the streets, and, perhaps most importantly, in the workplace. It was around the workplace that God first called Moses to lead the people out of Egypt, out of a life of brutal exploitation, to the land of liberation, the land flowing with milk and honey.
The time has come and Arise Chicago now joins its voice with those who are tired of just getting the crumbs under the table. The time has come for everyone to have a seat at the table. The time has come.
Some may say, “This is not the time.” “This is too much.” “This is too extreme.”
Was Amos not an extremist when he said, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”?
Was Jesus not an extremist when he said, “If you have two coats, give one to your neighbor with no coat”?
Was Muhammad not an extremist when he instructed that the worker should be paid before the sweat on his brow evaporates?
Was Lincoln not an extremist when he said that this nation cannot survive half-slave and half-free?
The question is not, “Is this too extreme?”
The question is, “How can we end poverty for the working poor and honor their sacred worth and make sure we all have a seat at the table?”
And the answer is to raise the minimum wage. The answer is to raise the minimum wage. Raise the minimum wage.
Thank you and God bless you.
Rev. C.J. Hawking