Week 4: February 10–17
Share the Love
We call the Thirty Days of Love a “spiritual journey for social justice” because making the world a better place requires centering ourselves, connecting with others, and examining where we have been and would like to go. As the Thirty Days culminates with Valentine’s Day—our National Standing on the Side of Love Day, a holiday of social justice—join us in sharing the love that speaks to our core values.
The Month Ahead
Wednesday, February 13
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your
freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in
- Galatians 5:13
Today is 2/13, so our daily action is to raise awareness about the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13. This week is a big one for the restaurant industry, with many people planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so let’s show that we care how restaurants treat their workers.
If you are going to be dining out this week, ask to speak to the manager. Tell the manager, “Thank you, the food was delicious and the service was great. I also wanted to let you know that I have recently learned that the federal tipped minimum wage for workers is $2.13 an hour. As a customer, I believe that those who prepare and serve my food should be making a living wage.”
Buy Behind the Kitchen Door: What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed Us between now and February 23. Purchases made now through Powell’s Books and Amazon count towards the bestseller list. Please consider buying from one of these retailers between now and February 23 to help put Behind the Kitchen Door on the bestseller list.
If you are making a purchase after February 23, please buy through the UUA Bookstore. And if at any time you are planning to make a bulk order of 10 or more copies, you can do that through the UUA Bookstore at 20% off! All proceeds from the book, wherever it is sold, go to support the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a restaurant workers’ rights organization
Action for Families:
Are you eating out with your family this week? Encourage your children to ask the server’s name at the beginning of the meal, and then at the end of the meal, thank the server by name and hand them the tip.
- Behind the Kitchen Door, by Saru Jayaraman
- Restaurant Opportunities Center United
- “Stand in Solidarity with Restaurant Workers” from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
- “Behind the Kitchen Door” video from the UUSC: