Is there anything quite so beautiful as masses of people joining together to demand better treatment for themselves and others? These photos should quiet the naysayers. In what organizers are calling the largest fast-food strikes in U.S. history, workers and their supporters in over 100 cities went on strike on Thursday to amplify their calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to unionize.
McDonald’s dismissed the strikes, many of which targeted the company’s locations, and said its workers were not among the protestors. “To right-size the headlines, however, the events taking place are not strikes,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “Outside groups are traveling to McDonald’s and other outlets to stage rallies.” The company’s statement prompted a gleeful response from striking workers around the country who took to social media to identify themselves and point out their coworkers in the photos of demonstrators.
In the early morning hours in New York City
Later in the day
All the way up in Providence, Rhode Island
Taking over the streets of Chicago with the Grinch
A young demonstrator in Pittsburgh
With rhyming chants in Boston
Protestors hit up Jack in the Box, Little Caesars and McDonald’s in St. Louis, Missouri
Outside a McDonald’s in Huntsville, Alabama
From Green Bay to Madison to Milwaukee in Wisconsin
Outside a Detroit McDonald’s
McDonald’s in Tampa, Florida
In front of a McDonald’s in Los Angeles
In the snow in Denver
Lighting the way in Seattle