I see them as part of building a broader social transformation.
Let me give you an example.
In 2006, the minimum wage in Michigan was just $5.15 per hour. That’s ridiculous! There’s no way you can pay the bills with a wage that low.
The state legislature wouldn’t do anything to raise the wage, so ICPJ joined with a statewide campaign to put the question to the voters.
It didn’t take long to see that we were serious and that we would get this on the ballot and win. So the folks in Lansing who once opposed the wage increase realized that they would rather have a wage increase than to have the voting booths filled with low-wage workers thinking about which candidate will be best for them.
So Lansing passed a wage increase.
We didn’t even have to take it to the ballot box.
Now low-wage workers have a bit more in their pockets to pay for food, housing, and health care. It was one more step toward justice.
It was one example of social transformation.
[Note: this is one in a series of blog posts dealing with the importance of transformation iN social change organizing]