Protest organizers refute notions about outsiders
WEST MILWAUKEE-it's become an obvious question when demonstrations end in arrests and gain a lot of media attention. Who exactly is protesting?
Organizers of a demonstration to raise the minimum wage faced that question Thursday after several protesters told reporters that they weren't local fast food workers.
Also raising questions, handlers who would interrupt report interviews to tell protesters they don't have to talk to the media.
Jennifer Epps-Addison of Wisconsin Jobs Now said that the movement wants to speak with one voice.
\"There are workers who we want to be out on the front line,\" she told CBS 58 News, \"So, we want to make sure only workers were talking to the media.\"
And when it comes to the issue of who exactly decided to picket, block traffic and risk being arrested:
\"All the people you see getting arrested and the people out here supporting those who got arrested are from our neighborhoods.\"
The National Restaurant Association dismissed the rallies that happened all over the country at the same time, calling them 'orchestrated Union PR stunts and claiming that most of the activists are paid demonstrators.\"