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Demonstrators demand higher wages

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Serena Sanders chants through a microphone during a minimum wage protest in front of McDonalds Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

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The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A group of Greenville fast-food workers joined a nationwide demonstration on the 50th anniversary of the Memphis sanitation strike to advocate for a higher minimum wage.

The group rallied during the lunchtime rush outside of the McDonald’s on Memorial Drive near Vidant Medical Center in Greenville on Monday. The demonstrators were advocating for a minimum wage of $15 hour, more than twice the current hourly federal minimum wage of $7.25.

The event was among protests coast to coast staged on the anniversary the sanitation strike, which became a rallying cry of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Greenville workers will vow to continue the sanitation workers’ fight for higher wages and union rights, organizers said, and show their support for cooks and cashiers across the South also demonstrating on Monday.

Demonstrators said they also will participate in six weeks of direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience beginning on Mother’s Day as part of the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

The demonstrations are planned to culminate in a 1,500-person march in Memphis from Clayborn Temple to City Hall — the same route sanitation workers walked 50 years ago — led by strikers in the Fight for $15, Memphis sanitation workers who participated in the 1968 strike, and labor and civil rights leaders.

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