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The cost of living in Madison has risen over the past 11 years, while the minimum wage has stayed the same. Over the past decade, the minimum wage has stayed at a steady and low 7.25/hour, the living wage has increased by 21%. This pay gap can create large issues for people trying to improve their lives economically. While voting and pushing legislation to raise the minimum wage is critical, we also have to find ways to prosper with what we have now. The sad reality is, working low wage jobs is nothing new within our communities - but neither is creativity. This is where community and creativity creates: the side hustle
A lot has happened in Wisconsin politics this past week. We made history, locally, and repeated history on a state level within 72 hours. I’m finding it hard to celebrate one without acknowledging the other. On a local level, we were able to make a small step towards community control of police. For the past five years, community leaders in Madison have been applying pressure on the City Council to create a board to oversee the actions of the Madison Police Department.
Supporting Healthy Black Families (SHBF) Workgroups are transforming lives in the Black community in Madison, WI. Participants are empowered to become self-aware, take accountability, and take ownership of their lives and the lives of their families. The methodology of Supporting Healthy Black Families creates the opportunities and possibilities for Black people to have breakthroughs and transformation that’s life changing. SHBF is designed to bring about positive, permanent shifts in how Black people define and understand the depth and breadth of white supremacy racism. Shifts that are the direct cause for a new kind of freedom and POWER—the freedom to acknowledge and accept our history, and the personal power to do something about it— while increasing the confidence, self-worth, and personal power of Black people. Ultimately, affecting how we live our lives and directly impacting health disparities.
First orders are in and ready to be delivered! Over the next few days Urban Root will be dropping off your BLM merchandise to your front porch. We cannot wait to see everyone with their swag and don’t forget to tag Urban Triage and Urban Root in your photos!