Mountain View Targets $15 Minimum Wage by 2018!


Ryan holds up a sign next to his mother Kalee, to support raising the minimum wage during a rally held in front of Mountain View City Hall, on Oct. 9, 2014. Photo by Michelle Le

Mountain View OKs $10.30 minimum wage: Council’s goal is to raise wage to $15 by 2018

by Daniel DeBolt / Mountain View Voice

In a dramatic meeting Thursday evening, Mountain View’s City Council approved a new minimum wage law based on San Jose’s, increasing the city’s minimum wage to $10.30 an hour starting July 1, 2015, and made it a goal to hit $15 an hour by 2018. Read More…

Google’s Silicon Valley hometown targets $15 minimum wage
Lauren Hepler
Oct 13, 2014, 3:00pm PDT
Economic Development Reporter- Silicon Valley Business Journal

The minimum wage in one of Silicon Valley’s busiest tech hubs will jump to $10.30 per hour — and that’s just a starting point for the city, which is in a regional discussion about how to reconcile the Bay Area’s high costs with its growing population of 1.1 million low-wage workers… Read more...

What Can Cisgender People Do to Help Trans People?

We all want to help out and be supportive when a friend comes to us with an important life-altering news, right?  Well, what can we do, as cis-gendered people to really help out the trans community?  I just found two more articles that I couldn’t restrain myself from sending along to you (Thank you Meghan for sending one of them along to me).

By the way, are you wondering what “cisgender” is?  Click here to find out.

Article #1: 10 Seriously Easy Things Cis People Can Do…

Article #2: 5 Things Cis People Can Actually Do For Trans People (Now That You Care About Us)

Happy reading!

June Meetup: What is gender?

Hello Politically Inspired People!

shesnotthereIf you didn’t get a chance to read this months book She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, or if you would like to explore more of the societal aspects of trans culture, please check out some the of the articles and links below:

  1. Even if you haven’t kept up with the Kardashians, you’ve probably seen this month’s cover story of Vanity Fair. If for some reason you haven’t yet viewed the breathtaking photo of Caitlyn Jenner, you can see it here, along with a sneak-preview of the article (full article to be released TOMORROW — Tuesday, June 9th).
  1. Trans issues and story lines are becoming more pervasive throughout our society and popular culture. Read an article here that discusses some of the current TV shows that feature transgender characters and actors.
  1. This article showcases the barriers transgender people face when it comes to surgery, as compared with the scant obstacles cisgender people encounter for similar surgeries.
  1. So, what is it like to undergo sex reassignment surgery? Watch this video to follow the stories of two people who decided to make this significant choice.
  1. Here is an NPR audio article outlining the fluidity and non-binary understanding of gender, as well as the ramifications of being a transgender (or gender non-conforming) student.
  1. Here is another audio article about the emotional hurdles transgender people face as they are socially transitioning at work, and how having an ally can change everything.
  1. If you’re curious to know more about the terminology used to classify and reference the range of LGBTQ expressions, you can see it explained here by a gingerbread cookie:


(Incidentally, Sam Killermann, the man who created the Genderbread Person, is a hilarious comedian and TEDx Speaker, whose routine explores societal prejudice and bias surrounding gender identity and gender expression. I highly recommend Googling him, and checking out more of his work.)

Okay friends, I apologize for the long litany of resources…I tend to become overly zealous when it comes to trans-issues. I could throw a bunch more articles and links your way, but I’ll stop with what we have for now….

Meghan and I look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, for a riveting discussion!