Fight for 15 National Day of Action Update

Harold Washington College Faculty member Sunny Serres lends her support.

Harold Washington College Faculty member Sunny Serres lends her support.

On Tuesday, November 10, thousands gathered at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago to rally for a $15 minimum wage. People from Locals across the city, like SEIU, to student activist groups, to Aldermen Carlos Rosa and Ricardo Munoz attended the rally. Though the primary reason for the rally was to garner support for a $15 minimum wage, several other groups with similar agendas participated as well, like the students at Harold Washington College looking to bring attention to the fact that there are community college students unable to afford classes because of the rising costs in tuition.

Harold Washington College students gather before march to Thompson Center.

Harold Washington College students gather before march to Thompson Center.

 

 

These students gathered outside Harold Washington College before joining the rally at the Thompson Center. They chanted to energize the crowd and shared personal stories of how each were affected by the rising tuition. Harold Washington Faculty member Sunny Serres jumped on the megaphone to lend her support in the fight against rising tuition and a $15 minimum wage, “I just want you to know that I’m behind you guys. The faculty is behind you guys! You guys are doing the right thing out here!” The students then marched down Lake Street to join the rally.

Thousands gather at the Thompson Center.

Thousands gather at the Thompson Center.

The turn out was enormous, thousands were in attendance outside of the Thompson Center, waving signs and cheering. A stage was set up to give people a chance to share their personal experiences and stress a need for a bump in the minimum wage: “I shouldn’t work full time and still struggle to put food on my table,” one speaker protested. 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Rosa spoke about how essential a $15 minimum wage was for so many people across the city.

Though this rally was a major success there is still much that needs to be done. This is simply one step in a process to take back our schools and operate them so they fit the best interests of our members and students.

The fight for a $15 minimum wage and an elected school board continues.

In solidarity.

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