We push dirt. We push pencils. We fix leaks, fix food, and fix patients when they fall ill. We lift the steel beams for our skyscrapers, and lift up our children when we teach and care for them. We break our backs because we have put our families and our futures upon them. That future deserves to be bright.
For too long, working families have been under attack in America. We’ve worked harder, and have been asked to do more with less, but the only people who ever seem to get a raise are our bosses. Many of us lost our savings, and some of us lost our homes, when Wall Street tanked the economy. A decade later, we have yet to recover. Politicians tell us “right to work” will cure us, but it’s a poison that only makes us sicker.
In 2018, we fight back. We are staging a workers’ revival in Kansas City, where we will resist greedy businesses and politicians. All power lies in our labor and in our hands, and we can and will take that power back. We will commemorate a year of work to raise the Missouri minimum wage, get dark money out of state politics, and get ready for the fight ahead. And we will celebrate one another, and the work we do.
On May 11 and 12, bands, speakers and activists will come together in Kansas City to celebrate work in all forms. We will teach one another how to stand up to corporate power, support working people and come together to demand higher pay and a better quality of life. The Workers Revival Fest, sponsored by Jobs With Justice, Black Site Records and others, will include two days of workshops, speakers and music at record Bar, Kansas City’s best live music venue. For more information, or to propose a workshop or speaker, email us at