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Minimum-wage workers take daylong fight to streets of Dinkytown


A long day of coordinated rallies for a $15 minimum wage ended as it began, with a spirited demonstration on the street in front of a McDonald’s restaurant.

About 150 wage protesters marched from Coffman Union on the University of Minnesota campus to Dinkytown on Tuesday evening, rallying outside the McDonald’s restaurant at SE. 4th Street and 15th Avenue SE. There were no arrests at the evening event but plenty of signs, chants, hip-hop and dedication.

Steven Suffridge, 41, of Minneapolis, told the crowd he was one of 21 people arrested in the predawn hours Tuesday when about 250 people showed up at a McDonald’s at Nicollet Avenue S. and W. 24th Street in Minneapolis, chanting, waving banners and pushing for boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He was at the evening protest, too, rallying the crowd with cries of “We are brothers today!”


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