By Joshua Albert
Earlier this month 11 protesters were arrested for blocking an intersection in front of the McDonalds at Broad & Arch Streets. The protesters from Philadelphia Fight for $15 and 15 Now, were taking part in a national day of actions targeting fast food restaurants demanding an increase in wages to $15 an hour and unionization.
The protesters, represented by SEIU lawyers, took a deal through the Accelerated Misdemeanor Program (AMP), which will expunge the misdemeanor after protesters take part in a mandatory “Philosophy of Disobedience” class and pay their fine.
The protesters will attend the City-sponsored class Monday, October 4th at 1pm. The protesters were also assessed a $200 fine, which is being paid by the SEIU, according to one of the arrestees.
Shymara Jones, a Popeyes employee, told The Metro :
“I would do it again, I feel like I didn’t do a bad thing.”
The Declaration has sent a request to the District Attorney’s office asking for more information regarding the “philosophy of disobedience” class.