Congresswoman Gwen Moore detained at fast food protest
WEST MILWAUKEE - A protest drawing attention to the minimum wage workers' plight to get $15 per hour lead to arrests Thursday in West Milwaukee. Police ended up arresting 26 people, including a local lawmaker.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore says too often, we dismiss the minimum wage worker. So on this day, she joined them, sitting down on Miller Parkway so they could stand up for their rights. When they refused to move off the street, police arrested 26, including the congresswoman.
Minimum wage workers cheered loudly as Congresswoman Moore walked out of the West Milwaukee police station. About an hour earlier, Moore was among those protesters, sitting along Miller Parkway and being escorted into a police van.
"You know we've been arguing, I have been debating this. I've put on my suit, my best suit and my brief case and debated it, and that hasn't worked. So now I'm prepared to put myself in the way," said Congresswoman Moore.
Wisconsin Jobs Now says people can't survive on $7.25 an hour. They're calling for an increase to $15 an hour.
"That law is unjust and until it changes, until corporations pay their fair share to their workers, these workers are willing to do whatever it takes," said Jennifer Epps-Addison of Wisconsin Jobs Now.
Congresswoman Moore doesn't doubt they'll stick together. She says while in police custody, the 26 ended up feeling like family.
"Cause we didn't actually make it into a jail cell, but I had a great deal of solidarity with the women and the two men that I was locked up with. We sang songs and encouraged each other," said Congresswoman Moore.
It's the first time the Milwaukee minimum wage rally has resulted in arrests.
"People can say what they want to say, but I'm an American citizen and you know, it is my right to protest with my body," said Congresswoman Moore.
Moore posted on her Facebook page that she's proud to support the protesters.
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