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54 arrested in Durham during protest for higher minimum wage

Posted November 29, 2016
Updated November 30, 2016

— More than 50 people were arrested late Tuesday during a protest over the minimum wage on North Roxboro Street in Durham.

According to authorities, 54 demonstrators were charged with impeding the flow of traffic while they protested for a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour.

Priscilla Hoyle, a mother of three, said it is hard trying to survive on minimum wage.

"It is hard, trying to survive. I have to work three jobs to try to make ends meet and I still don't be able to with having to pay my rent, lights, water and then my cell phone bills and trying to take care of my children," Hoyle said. "It is really hard trying to work on nothing bur minimum wage."

Altha Cravey said despite the arrests, protests will not let up.

"We are going to be in the streets more and more and getting arrested more and more to show people the power of these alliances," Cravey said. "Connecting immigrant struggles to worker struggled."

Reverend William Barber, President of the state chapter of the NAACP was also in the crowd.


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  • Jeffrey Derry Nov 30, 2016
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    entitlement culture gone amuck .....stop whining...work harder...look for opportunity....nothing is owed to you

  • Larry Price Nov 30, 2016
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    It's interesting to take this scenario, but say that a large business is forced to close its cheap labor plant overseas and re-open their old one in the US. You barely need to change any of this narrative to see how the big business owner will be looking at things.

  • Steve Smith Nov 30, 2016
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    When I was growing up people had enough sense to realize that the minimum wage was a training wage and never meant to support a family on its on. Here is an idea before you procreate think for one minute, "how am I going to support my children?"

  • Janet Ghumri Nov 30, 2016
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    I commend her for trying, but Three jobs, three kids. How much time is she able to spend with those children? It's unfortunate to be in that situation, and if these are the only jobs available, that is one thing. However, if you don't have the skills or education for anything better, having children is irresponsible. Also mentioning your cellphone bill as one of your necessary bills, that bothers me.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 30, 2016
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    Seems to me that if these folks have enough extra time on their hands to protest they could have better invested it in getting a better education thereby increasing their income... Flipping hamburgers or cooking fries at a fast food restaurant was never meant to be a primary source of income but a means to make extra income..

  • Ray Ubinger Nov 30, 2016
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    Glad traffic blocking is being prosecuted again. The right to demonstrate doesn't include a right to threaten peaceful honest drivers with damage just for minding their own business.

  • Buster Brown Nov 30, 2016
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    Assume for a moment I am a small business owner-I employ 15 people and pay them $10.00 per hour, and provide a modest health care plan. What will likely happen if I am forced to begin paying them $15.00 per hour. First, I will fire 6 of those employees and cancel their insurance. Secondly I will likely raise my prices. Thirdly, I will invest in whatever automation is availabe to take up the slack from those missing 6 employees. Remember--I am the one who opened and built my company--I am the one who took all the risks. I have a right to insure that my company remains open and profitable. I have both a need and a right to support myself and my family. Force me to pay $15.00 per hour and I will do whatever I have to do in order to accomplsh that goal.


  • Paul Donovan Nov 30, 2016
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    Soros paid them their 15 dollars an hour and now they are in jail

  • Frank Curcio Nov 30, 2016
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    People need to remember that jobs are not the goal of a company, they are a byproduct; a company hires people to help it generate revenue. But it will hire these people only if it makes financial sense to do so.

  • Eric Rothman Nov 30, 2016
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    I do not mean to sound harsh, but it is not a company or society's job to make it easier for someone to pay for someone e making irresponsible decisions to have multiple children when they are in no financial position to do so. I am all for anyone that works hard at a full time job, no matter what that job is, getting some help if needed, because minimum-wage jobs are important to the rest of us as well that need people in those positions. But you have to help yourself by making smarter decisions.