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‘Day of Action’ protests planned Monday in Carson City, 27 other state capitals

CARSON CITY – Workers fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage, union rights and other social reforms plan protests at 28 state capitols on Monday, including Carson City.

The “Higher Ground Moral Day of Action” is set for 11 a.m. at the Nevada State Capitol, 101 North Carson Street.

The protests will call on politicians to support a “moral policy agenda” that includes living wages, union rights, and racial justice, among other issues.

The protests are part of a national effort spearheaded by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, an architect of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina and founder of the social justice group Repairers of the Breach.

At each rally, workers, clergy and community leaders will read and deliver a “Moral Declaration” signed by more than 10,000 people of faith and 2,500 faith leaders calling on elected officials and candidates to support the minimum wage proposal and to stand against racism, sexism, discrimination and attacks on voting rights.

Nevada’s minimum wage is currently $8.25 an hour, or $7.25 an hour if an employer offers health insurance.

Workers taking part in the first-ever “Fight for $15” National Convention in August voted to take part in the day of action.

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @seanw801 on Twitter.

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