Former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed was arraigned on Thursday for charges stemming from participating in a peaceful protest in Detroit for workers rights, including a $15 minimum wage.
El-Sayed, along with sixteen protesters, were arraigned Thursday morning at Detroit's 36th District Court after participating in the Oct. 2 protest. After pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, all were sentenced with a $200 fine, 20 hours of community service, and three months probation.
El-Sayed addressed the sentence in an emailed statement:
“In the face of injustice, dissent is dignity. 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."
El-Sayed also invited others to join him in his community service in solidarity by signing up at abdulelsayed.com/communityservice.
El-Sayed and the other protesters were arrested for participating in a sit-in outside of the McDonald's on Woodward Avenue in Midtown, where about 400 people gathered to demand to be allowed to unionize and other rights. Police say El-Sayed was arrested for sitting at a table set up on the street and refusing to move.
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