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For Immediate Release

Austin Fisher, (586) 344-2159,

Abdul El-Sayed's Statement on Arraignment for Disorderly Conduct at #Fightfor15 and SEIU Rally

“In the face of injustice, dissent is dignity”


This morning, sixteen Fight for $15 protestors and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed were arraigned at 36th District Court following their detainment at a peaceful protest for union rights and a $15 minimum wage on October 2nd in Detroit.

They pled guilty to Disorderly Conduct, and were sentenced with a $200 fine, 20 hours of community service, and three months probation.

"In the face of injustice, dissent is dignity" said Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. "Just this week, the state legislature moved to roll back the state's minimum wage.

For the brave women and men with whom I stood protesting for a basic living wage, the $200 fine we have each been charged will cost each of them nearly two days work - if they earned $15 an hour. At $9.25, that's 21 hours of work.

We have a responsibility to keep working for a more just, more equitable, more sustainable Michigan. That's why I'm inviting anyone who wants to come and serve the community with us to sign up at"