Workers rally around wages, race and plans to protest presidential debates

Braving the heatwave sweeping the eastern US, thousands of workers marched in Richmond on Saturday chanting: “If you want our vote, come get our vote!”

That was the overarching message of the first national Fight for $15 convention, which was held just weeks after both Democrats and Republicans held their conventions to nominate their candidates for the next US president.

At the convention, the attending low-wage workers unanimously decided to push political candidates to commit to raising US wages, agreed to hold a national day of action on 12 September, and resolved to demonstrate at all presidential and vice-presidential debates.

Additionally, the workers said they would support ballot initiatives to raise minimum wage in cities and states.

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