News and Observer mentions the following individuals in their article on the ‘Fast food’ protest in Durham held on April Fools Day; emphasis added:
Besides Hargrove, speakers included Ebony Watkins, a UNC student; Nancy Kalow, a part-time faculty member at Duke University; Dacia Hill, a child-care worker in Raleigh; and Ebbini Harris, a home-care worker from Durham.
Curtis Gatewood, coordinator of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street Coalition of the N.C. NAACP, also spoke, calling the planned April 15 protests “the largest low-wage protest in U.S. history.”
Do North Carolina media outlets know how to Google? One has to wonder when articles they produce don’t include pertinent information — like arrest records. This seems to be an ongoing problem for local media.
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) April 2, 2015
Flashback to September 4, 2014; emphasis added:
George Hargrove, who works at a McDonalds in Durham and was arrested during the protest, said he makes $7.75 an hour after working at the restaurant for 12 years.
“I’m participating in the nonviolent civil disobedience for higher wages so I can afford to take care of my family,” he said in a statement. “We need to make sure that our voice is heard and bring union rights to fast-food. we need to show these companies how serious we are. We are struggling to survive and are going to do whatever it takes to win.” – WRAL
Flashforward to February 6, 2015: Ebbini Harris was arrested on multiple charges that include assault with the intent to inflict serious injury, communicating threats, misdemeanor larceny and simple assault.
About “Fight For 15”
Fast food worker groups like this one are all union backed, mainly by the AFL-CIO as part of the “Organize the South or Die” campaign. The stated mission of Fight for 15 per their Facebook page is, “Underpaid workers across the South are fighting for $15/hour and union rights!”
Also on the Fight for 15 Facebook page is a post listing the NC NAACP as being present at the Durham Protest:
Today we announced that on April 15 in North Carolina: fast food workers are going on STRIKE! Home care workers, childcare workers, students and even some professors across the state have also joined the fight for better wages and respect on the job. We were joined by our allies in the North Carolina NAACP. We will see you on 4/15 for the largest low wage worker protest in modern state history! April15.org
They are planning another ‘mass rally’ on April 15th — tax day.