“It’s important for Lily and I to bring our message to a place like Ann Arbor, where we can hope, even at a minimum, to help make contact with people, convince them to talk about this issue with their friends, collect signatures for the ballot, go to town halls and help develop a people’s platform that will help talk about all of the issues facing this country and this state,” Fonda said.
Lily Tomlin had the audience inside the Power Center laughing from the second she introduced herself as Judith Beasley, a middle-aged, career waitress with a Southern accent.
“Almost all of my life, I’ve struggled to make ends meet,” she said, addressing the crowd on Friday, Sept. 15. “Then, just when I come close to making ends meet, it seems like someone moved the ends.”
Speaking in character as a beleaguered waitress struggling to support her family, Lily Tomlin told a packed auditorium in Detroit, “Once, under a plate, a mean-spirited diner had the sense of humor to leave me a silver dollar pancake.”
Said Tomlin with perfect timing, “I got a chuckle out of that and I had a quick snack, but it did not pay the bills.”
The laughter was infectious, and so was the spirit of activism as Tomlin and her longtime friend and co-star, Jane Fonda, appeared together at Wayne State University on Thursday as part of a campaign for a living wage.
Actress and native Detroiter Lily Tomlin knows what it’s like to be an underpaid, under-appreciated waitress.
“The only time I ever got a 20 percent tip was when a customer dropped a glass of water on my big toe and broke it,” Tomlin said. “… In a moment of extreme vulnerability, I even thanked him for the big tip. He actually had the nerve to say, ‘You’re welcome.’”
At the time, Tomlin’s husband was injured and unable to work, which made her the breadwinner.
The One Fair Wage campaign aims to put the issue on the ballot in 2018. The goal is to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022, with tipped workers earning the same by 2024.
Tomlin and Fonda are expected to participate in events on the campuses of Wayne State University and University of Michigan.
According to Progress Michigan, they also will join restaurant workers in downtown Detroit to canvass and educate residents.
Imagine you are walking a cute puppy when, only none other than Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin stop to admire it.
That’s what happened to Kristina Millman-Rinaldi in Detroit today. She posted on Facebook that the duet approached her and her rescue dog and stopped to admire. Millman-Rinaldi is the Executive Director of Dog Rescue.
The stars of “Grace and Frankie” have been touring Michigan promoting higher minimum wages in the state. They’re teaming up with One Fair Wage to bring the issue to the ballot in 2018.