Sanders Compares Efforts To Raise Minimum Wage to Pre-MLK Civil Rights Movement

By Eric Scheiner | May 7, 2014 | 12:59 PM EDT

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) AP Photo

( - At a rally of fast food workers in North Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) compared the efforts of those who want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour to the civil rights activists who paved the way for Martin Luther King Jr.

“There are brave people who are out in front. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t start by himself, and there were people out there 50 years before him breaking down the barriers. Great labor leaders were doing this a hundred years ago,” Sanders said at the April 26 rally for Raise Up For 15 in Charlotte.

“So what you guys are doing is leading the effort, and I predict that in years to come there are a whole lot of people behind you, and they’re going to thank you for the work you’re doing today,” he said.

A YouTube video posted by Raise Up For 15 shows Sanders addressing the fast food workers, “What you are doing is saying that you are tired of being exploited, is that right?”

“What is going on all over America today is - is that there is a war against working people. The people on top are not happy, worth billions of dollars. They want to work - be making - tens of billions of dollars, and what they’re doing is pushing down the working people all over this country,” he said.

“I don’t want to stop at $10.10. We’ve got to - that’s the goal, and we’ve got to achieve that goal,” Sanders said pointing at a “Raise Up For $15” t-shirt.

Eric Scheiner
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