In an escalating nationwide protest, thousands of fast-food workers in 60 cities from coast to coast walked off their jobs on August 29th, a day after the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.


Strikers are seeking raises to $15 an hour, paid sick leave and the right to unionize America’s second-biggest employer, the restaurant industry, which is predicting its 2013 profits will “reach a record high of $660.5 billion.”   

“We are now at a critical stage, where each minute that passes is extremely taxing mentally and physically. Many of us participating since day one are suffering what may be irreversible damage, and are facing a very real possibility of death.”

--Pelican Bay hunger striker and Short Corridor representative Aurturo Castellano 55 Days on Hunger Strike

The news came as a shocker and reverberated across the country last week when a Federal judge ruled that New York’s notorious stop-and-frisk policy violated the constitutional rights of the people of color targeted by police, dubbing it a “policy of indirect racial profiling.”

While there will be no immediate changes to the tactics on the ground, as Mayor Bloomberg angrily declared, there will be a pilot program in five NYC precincts to record the street encounters between police and those who are stopped and frisked.