Thousands of ‘Fight for 15’ Workers Launch Nationwide Protests

50 years after the landmark Memphis Sanitation Strike, thousands of low wage workers are executing nationwide protests for higher pay.

According to a press release sent to EBONY, the workers who are part of the “Fight for $15” movement will join the new Poor People’s Campaign for a series of nonviolent acts of civil disobedience.

The activists will walk off of their jobs in protest on Feb. 12 — the 50th anniversary of the history Memphis sanitation strike.

The move will seek to continue the fight for higher wages and union rights that was led my hundreds of African-American municipal workers whose 1968 protest “became the rallying cry of the Poor People’s campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

“Fast-food cooks and cashiers like me are fighting for higher pay and union rights, the same things striking sanitation workers fought for 50 years ago,” said Ashley Cathey, a 29-year-old Memphis fast-food worker. “We’re not striking and marching just to commemorate what they did – we’re carrying their fight forward. And we won’t stop until everyone in this country can be paid $15 an hour and has the right to join a union.”

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The actions will stretch from coast-to-coast, with at cooks and cashiers in two-dozen cities across the Mid-South vowing to walk off of their jobs in a move than demands $15/hour.

 For more information on the “Fight for 15” movement, visit


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