State and local wage laws come amid a multi-year push by unions and progressive groups to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationwide.
Often living paycheck to paycheck, these workers are risking everything to no longer be subjected to unwanted sexual propositions.
In the fifth week of the movement, police took the photojournalist into custody during a livestream of a protest for jobs and living wages.
Corporate media are not covering the fight for America's soul, but the establishment will not be able ignore the growing community that is leading it much longer.
The strike, organized by the Fight for $15 collective, is the first of its kind since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. The nationwide action has inspired observers who see the workers' solidarity and commitment to their cause as a lesson for progressives facing an extreme right-wing administration.
This is the year to make all wages living wages.
The Republican presidential candidate reversed his position on wages shortly after Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders suggested he could win over Trump’s supporters and criticized Trump for saying low wages are necessary.
The socialist's achievements in office, including a minimum-wage hike to $15, and re-election this month are exposing as a sham the idea that the welfare of workers, especially the unskilled, is incompatible with a prosperous economy.