#BlackWorkMatters Protests Call For Economic Equality

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/17/2015 | 02:45 PM EDT

Non-profit, Black Youth 100, demands $15 minimum wage for workers

While the country is still focusing on the #BlackLivesMatter movement to violence against people of color, another civil rights issue has emerged as it relates to African-Americans: wages.

Earlier this week, protesters took to the streets of New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Sacramento and New Orleans to push for racial justice and demand a $15 per hour minimum wage and the creation of a union for fast food workers, reports the Huffington Post.


Black Youth 100, a non-profit organization focused on racial, social and economic freedom, released a video explaining The Black Work Matters campaign, which is also known as the Fight For $15. The campaign is calling attention to the disproportionate number of young Black people who work in low wage jobs and some of the alarming experiences they have in these positions.

“It’s a fight for the dignity of workers,” says National Director of BYP100 Charlene A. Carruthers. “It’s a fight for workers to be able to collectively bargain. It’s a fight for workers to actually be in safe environments where their issues and their grievances can be heard.”

The mission of the campaign is to empower low-wage workers to negotiate fair terms for their employment. Low pay and unsafe work environments have the norm with jobs for parents and families that work in fast food and other low wage industries, according to BYP100 leadership. The conditions have been described as “inhumane.”

It is the organization’s hope that parents in low wage industries don’t have to make a decision as to whether they should work or take their children to doctor because of money.

 (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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