April 6, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
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Memphis, TN – Fight Racism, Raise Pay Protests happened in two dozen cities Tuesday, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination in Memphis. The actions included a march to the Lorraine Motel, the cite of Dr. King’s killing.
Fight For $15 is suing the Memphis Police Department alleging Memphis workers have faced unconstitutional police harassment, intimidation, and threats of arrest for protesting in support of higher wages and union rights.
The suit says Memphis cops staked out homes of activists and prevented them from signing minimum wage petitions in fast food restaurants.
Darren Hereford is a Memphis Fight For $15 worker activist making $7.25 an hour who marched Tuesday.
[Darren Hereford]: “It’s a lot going on in Memphis. You see people not havin’ enough money to pay their rent, pay their light bill. Me personally I want to go to school. But I can’t go to school because I have to worry about clockin’ in extra hours. And $7.25 is literally not enough. Literally is not enough.”