It was a chilly November afternoon when over 200 students, workers, and local leaders came together in support of raising minimum wage for fast food and retail employees to 15 dollars an hour. The rally began at Faneuil Hall and later progressed throughout the downtown Boston area towards the Massachusetts State House, as participants and onlookers flooded the busy Boston streets. With the 2016 presidential elections fast approaching, the rally featured a plethora of student speakers, college faculty, and local fast food employees advocating against national wealth inequality. Guest speakers from as far away as the Dominican Republic, urged the audience to vote wisely in the upcoming elections, calling for the presidential candidates to stand up for income equality.
Cold hands were not enough to deter us protesters as we marched in unison down the dark Boston streets, illuminated only by the yellow hue of the streetlight and blue police lights. In causing such a large commotion, shutting down busy city streets, rally participants were able to draw an even larger viewing audience. News helicopters, photographers from the Boston Globe, and financial district employees peered out their windows into the busy city streets and stepped out to see what the commotion was.
Coupling as both my first rally and my first march, the event was awe inspiring. I actively witnessed the power of social change that comes about when different groups of people come together. Moreover, I took the opportunity to physically make a difference in my local community regarding minimum wage in raising awareness.