El-Sayed, Tlaib arrested during protest

Oct 3, 2018

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   A Democratic candidate for Congress and a former gubernatorial hopeful were arrested Tuesday in Detroit while protesting for a higher minimum wage. 

Abdul El-Sayed

A group of protesters briefly blocked the street and set up a table in front of a McDonald’s franchise on Woodward Avenue in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood.

Police moved them back, but several people remained at the table, including Democratic Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib and recent candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed.

Tlaib told the group they needed to push back because corporations are “pushing children into poverty.”  

She, El-Sayed and several others were arrested and cited with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

The protest was part of a march for the so-called “Fight for 15” – a national effort to hike the minimum wage.

The protesters say they also want to unionize workers at fast-food franchises, Detroit Metro Airport, area hospitals, and home and child care facilities.