Chicago Honors 50th Anniversary of Memphis Sanitation Strike

February 12, 2018 - 12 PM - 2 PM

McDonald's, 6515 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60636

Supporting Organizations: Fight for $15 Chicago

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Join the Fight for 15 protest nationwide Feb. 12 – the 50th anniversary of the historic Memphis sanitation strike – carrying on the fight for higher wages and union rights led by hundreds of black municipal workers whose 1968 walkout became a rallying cry of the Poor People’s Campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1968, 40% of Memphis sanitation workers relied on welfare to survive. Today 52% of fast food workers are forced to access benefits just to get by. 50 years later, we are still struggling, and we are still fighting.

As we honor the legacy of the Memphis strikers we commit ourselves to organizing forward by participating in six weeks of direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience beginning Mother’s Day as part of the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, uniting two of the nation’s most powerful social movements in a common fight for strong unions to lift people of all races out of poverty, break the chains of racism, challenge the morality of the military economy and address the environmental destruction that affects us all.

Go to to declare that you are going to be part of the solution; that you are no longer willing to suffer in silence or turn a blind eye to the suffering and endless struggle around you. This is our task and our time.