A Day In San Jose On Minimum Wage
Photographer Jean Melesaine follows 21 Year old Alex "Merc" Matua, a young father who tells De-Bug why that extra two dollars proposed to voters in this years ballot (Measure D) would change his life.
In San Jose, Measure D, to be voted on this coming election, would raise minimum wage from eight dollars to ten dollars an hour. San Jose native, 21-year-old Merc Matua, a young struggling father who through working two minimum wage jobs says, "I'm barely skating by." Currently in transition of moving to a new home because the rent was too high, Merc says, "How can anyone pay for even low rent housing with minimum wage stuck at 8?"
This photo essay was originally published in Silicon Valley De-Bug.
Jean Melesaine is a videographer and photographer for Silicon Valley De-Bug.
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