When low wages lead to jail and death
Author Andy Fontaine, a fellow fast food worker and Fight for $15 member wrote an OpEd piece for USA Today a couple of weeks ago about his friend and co-worker Jeffrey Pendleton. Pendleton was found dead in a jail cell five days after his arrest on a misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was in jail due to his inability to pay the $100 bail.
The candidates may have moved on to other states, but I’d ask them to remember Jeffrey Pendleton. I’d ask them to remember what he — and all of us — are fighting for. We aren’t just fighting for $15 an hour. Sometimes we are fighting for our lives.
The massive Fight for $15 demonstrations held across the country and around the world on April 14 were dedicated to Jeffrey Pendleton’s memory.
Photo below is from Liberation News.