Will thousands of kids be denied medical care, youth programs and adequate schools, or will corporate tax-dodgers be forced to pay their taxes?
"It's a question of simple math: You cannot support a family in New York for $18,000 a year."
He makes $6.40 an hour delivering pizzas by bicycle; he has one day off a week; he is living in a studio apartment uptown with six other people; the rent is $1100.
The nation is about to see the roll-out of a dramatic effort more diverse than any wage campaign in American history.
During the nationwide strike in 160 cities for higher wages and union rights, they will demand an industry-wide wage of $15 per hour.
"One week, after I paid rent, I only had $6 leftover for groceries and bills; that is no way to live."
They also committed their cities to raise minimum wages, but said a national effort is needed.
"These workers deserve a guarantee that livelihoods will not be jeopardized by a change in management."
If Ellison's move survives the rest of the congressional gauntlet, it could aid tens of thousands of underpaid fast food workers at commissaries and in mini-malls on defense bases.
The convention was arguably the most open and broadly attended in the party's history. Events were live streamed and open to the press.