Fight for 15 movement brings protests to Kansas City - KCTV5

Fight for 15 movement brings protests to Kansas City

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A day of protests lies ahead for members of the movement, demanding an increase in minimum wage and union rights. (KCTV5) A day of protests lies ahead for members of the movement, demanding an increase in minimum wage and union rights. (KCTV5)
Members of the fast food industry along with others will begin their strike at 6 a.m. On Linwood Boulevard and Main Street in Kansas City, MO. (KCTV5) Members of the fast food industry along with others will begin their strike at 6 a.m. On Linwood Boulevard and Main Street in Kansas City, MO. (KCTV5)
The group is also planning a student walk-out in memorial for the McDonald's worker they say passed away due to lack of healthcare. (KCTV5) The group is also planning a student walk-out in memorial for the McDonald's worker they say passed away due to lack of healthcare. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The national "Fight For 15" movement has reached the streets of Kansas City.

A day of protests lies ahead for members of the movement, demanding an increase in minimum wage and union rights.

On Tuesday, members of the fast food industry along with others will begin their strike at 6 a.m. On Linwood Boulevard and Main Street in Kansas City, MO.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened in the Kansas City area.

Organizers say in 2014 that 50 people were arrested. They expect more to be arrested during Tuesday’s protests but do say that this will not be a violent strike.

The morning protest will only be the beginning of their movement.

The group is also planning a student walk-out in memorial for the McDonald's worker they say passed away due to lack of healthcare.

At 5 p.m. on Tuesday the group is planning a rally and civil disobedience such as sitting in the street to stop traffic.

Their message, "we aren't going anywhere."

Those involved in the protests say strikes and marches like the ones happening in Kansas City are needed so their message can be heard loud and clear.

"A couple of month ago we were homeless living out on the street not knowing where i was going to lay me and children’s head and I was still going to work everyday working for a million dollar company, protester Latoya Caldwell said.

The group says the people joining the strike are from all walks of life, coming together as a result of their frustration with the recent election and economy.

"These are folks who have families and are usually having to work two jobs and they can't make ends meet some of them end up being homeless and nobody should work full-time in this country and be homeless," Pastor Donna Simon said. 

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