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Bernie Sanders speaks at rally to Unionize workers of Disneyland, who are Starving & Homeless
On Saturday I also did two other events I wanted to tell you about. I visited Anaheim, California, the home of Disneyland, but I wasn’t there to take my grandchildren to see Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. I was there, along with a coalition of unions and 2,000 workers from Disneyland and their supporters, to demand that Disney – one of the most profitable corporations in this country – pay their workers a living wage.
It is a moral outrage and a symptom of the corporate greed that is destroying this country that a company that made $9 billion in profit last year and signed a contract with its CEO, Bob Iger, for $400 million, pays its workers wages so low that many cannot afford adequate housing or nutrition. Our top of all that, Disney received $1.5 billion in tax breaks from Trump’s giveaway to the rich and hundreds of millions in tax breaks from the city of Anaheim.
Several of the Disney workers I met have struggled with homelessness because of their inadequate wages. One woman who has spent more than 30 years at Disneyland serving gourmet food told me she doesn’t have enough income to eat three meals a day.
Disneyland is built on a fantasy that enchants millions of children throughout the world. In talking with the employees of that company, I saw a reality that is far different and needs to change.
After our rally with Disney workers, I met with drivers at a truck yard near the port of Los Angeles. These drivers are illegally told by their employers that they are “independent contractors” and are therefore not eligible for benefits. The result: many do not even make minimum wage. At the end of some weeks, they can take home nearly nothing.
This is unacceptable. Truck drivers are the backbone of our economy, delivering goods to some of the most profitable stores in the country. It’s time we made sure they earned a living wage and were able to join a union.
The political revolution is gaining momentum, but we must continue and accelerate the fight. Over the next few months, not only will we make an effort to support great progressive candidates for office, but we will continue to travel around the country and stand with workers who are struggling for justice and dignity.
At a time when it costs twice as much to put someone in jail than it does to send them to the University of California, our job is not to spend billions on jails and incarceration but to invest in our children, jobs and education.
At the rally in Los Angeles, more than 2,300 people joined us inside the theater, and there was an overflow crowd of nearly 1,500 outside. They not only heard from Shaun and me, but also from Patrisse and others who have dedicated their lives to fighting racism and injustice.
Now, to be clear, this is just the beginning. But all across this country people are rising up and making their voices heard in saying that it makes no sense that we have more than 2 million people in prison today, more than any other country on Earth.
Story from Supports of Bernie Sanders email.