Protesting has been taking place all across the nation recently. From protests regarding the minimum wage to protesting regarding the Supreme Court Justice of the United States nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Now, the protests are taking a serious turn. In one particular protest regarding the increasing of the minimum wage, a Democratic House candidate was arrested. A movement that could jeopardize her political career.
“The Latest on protests by fast-food workers demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage (all times local): A U.S. House candidate is among 18 people arrested for disorderly conduct during a protest in Detroit for a higher minimum wage and the right to form unions.
Democrat Rashida Tlaib was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon for blocking a traffic lane. She faces candidates from the Green and Working Class parties for the 13th District House seat.
The protest was organized by Fight for $15, a national movement seeking to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food, child care, airlines and other workers. The group also wants the right to start unions or join existing ones. Several hundred people marched before protesting in front of a Midtown McDonalds.
Deputy Police Chief Elvin Barren said those arrested would be ticketed and released later Tuesday.
A union official says some of the people struck by a pickup truck during a protest to demand a $15 per hour minimum wage in Michigan are being released from a hospital.
Police say eight people were hospitalized Tuesday morning after the pickup collided with the protesters in Flint.
Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry told The Associated Press that three of those injured remain under observation in the hospital. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Police don’t believe the driver intended to hit the protesters.
Fast-food workers in Detroit are planning to walk off the job and join a demonstration Tuesday afternoon. Walkouts also are expected Wednesday in Milwaukee and Thursday in Chicago.
Police say a pickup truck collided with a group of protesters calling for the right to form unions in Flint, Michigan, injuring several people.
Police Chief Tim Johnson says he doesn’t believe the crash Tuesday morning near a near a fast-food restaurant was intentional and that the driver “seemed pretty shaken up.” Johnson initially said four or five people had non-life-threatening injuries, but later said eight were hospitalized. The pickup was later hit by a utility truck.
Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer was among those participating in the protest. She wasn’t injured and a post on her Twitter account says she’s “incredibly sad that so many people were hurt.”
The Flint Journal reports that Johnson says those who were struck were at the end of a group of protesters walking along a street. He says the driver “acted like he didn’t see them.”
Michigan candidates for governor and the U.S. House are expected to join fast-food workers and others walking off the job in protest over the right to form unions.
The protests are part of an effort to elect pro-union candidates in the November general election. Walkouts also are expected Wednesday in Milwaukee and Thursday in Chicago.
Workers are seeking union rights for fast-food restaurants, airports, downtown businesses, hospitals, in-home care and child care.
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will join striking cooks and cashiers Tuesday morning in Flint. Whitmer and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, are battling for governor.
Democrat Rashida Tlaib will join fast-food workers Tuesday afternoon in Detroit. Tlaib faces candidates from the Green and Working Class parties for the 13th House seat.”
Tlaib is an attorney who is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives. She was term-limited out, and finished her representation of the 6th District which is near Southwest Detroit. When she initially took office in 2009, she was the first Muslim-American woman who served in Michigan’s Legislature.
Furthermore, she was the second Muslim-American women to be elected to the u.S. State Legislature in the history of the United States. Just a few years later she won the nomination for the Democratic party for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 13th Congressional District of Michigan.
For the general election, she is running unopposed and as such, she is expected to become the first Muslim-American woman in the U.S. Congress. Additionally, she is expected to be the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. As to be expected, she is an open member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Her political stances are not all that surprising considering her political affiliation. She supports Medicare for All and a minimum wage of $15 an hour. In regards to immigration, she supports abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency as well as allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the United States.
Because of her ethnic ties to the Middle East, she opposed any military or financial aid to Israel and supports a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Moreover, she believes that Palestinians have the right to return and advocates for activists of the boycott.
However, she later went back on her initial stance and said she supports a two-state solution and actually does advocate for aid to the Palestinian Authority and Israel. She said she is particularly supportive of funding projects that foster peace between the two states.
Here’s video of her arrest.
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