As someone who cares deeply about improving the lives of Massachusetts working families, spending many years fighting on the front lines for social and economic justice for the working poor, I was inspired by Martha Coakley’s willingness to go before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce this morning to ask them to come to the table and help address the biggest challenge we face – the growing income inequality between the haves and the have not’s.
As Martha said to the chamber today:
“Inequality robs people of hope, for themselves and their children, and deprives too many of the opportunity to build a better life.
Continued inequality does not just hurt those at the bottom – it threatens the very fabric of who we are as a Commonwealth.
It hurts our economy as the middle class disappears before our eyes. It breaks up our communities as rents and home prices rise, forcing countless families to seek out more affordable housing – or worse – pushing them into homelessness. And it reminds us just how far off the American dream is, still, for far too many here in Massachusetts.
Addressing this issue, creating opportunity, and restoring the dream of a better tomorrow for everyone, including the middle class, are the reasons I decided to run for Governor.”
Talking about the need to expand economic opportunity for all by increasing the minimum wage, offering earned sick time to all workers, expanding early education to every child, and improving workforce development opportunities for middle class families takes leadership. Asking the business community to join in the fight to end income inequality takes courage.
I am proud to be a part of Martha’s campaign team to deliver this message to every corner of the Commonwealth and continue our work for social and economic justice for all. Because as Martha said today, “For too many families, they’re not focused on climbing the ladder, because they’re worried about falling through the floor.”
Tim Foley, Campaign Manager for Martha Coakley