March for $15 minimum wage held in Virginia

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RICHMOND, VA – Thousands of people marched in Richmond, Virginia today in support of a higher minimum wage on Saturday afternoon.

The march, hosted by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) held a convention in Virginia’s capital, which started on Friday, August 12 and lasted until Saturday, August 13. The convention culminated with Saturday’s march through Richmond. They chose Richmond because it was once the capital of the confederacy. According to the leaders of the march, the push to increase working wages is tied to the racial inequality in this country.

In June of 2016, Washington, D.C. passed the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016. This provision promises to raise the minimum wage in the District to $15 an hour by 2020.

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