Days after class-action lawsuits claimed McDonald's is deliberately and systematically stealing employees' pay, workers and community and faith leaders protested Tuesday in Memphis – part of a nationwide series of actions calling on the fast-food giant to stop its illegal wage theft.
Holding signs that read, "Have you had your break today? I haven't but it was taken out of my check anyway," Memphis fast-food workers and supporters demanded McDonald's stop what they called illegal theft of workers' pay. Workers spoke of the company forcing them to work off the clock, work through breaks, etc.
"We want to take care of our families, but it's hard for us to do that when we don't make enough and McDonald's is stealing our wages," said McDonald's worker, Ashley Cathey. "I rarely receive a break, yet those hours are always taken out of my check. We need to get paid for the hours we work and that's why we're fighting for $15 and a union."
When you release a book hoping that it will "start a movement," each time you speak in a public setting is an opportunity to extend a call to action. That's the position Dr. Sampson Davis will be in when speaks in Memphis on Thursday night.
The recipient of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award (2000) and author of "Living & Dying in Brick City – An E.R. Doctor Returns Home" will deliver the keynote address during this year's 38th annual Freedom Fund Gala benefiting the Memphis Branch NAACP.
The venue will be the Grand Ball Room of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, with the gala to begin at 7 p.m.
Within two classrooms at Northside High School, a classic game of "Family Feud" was unfolding.
"Name a reason why a person might turn down a job."
Two high-schoolers hesitate before a teenage boy yells the first response that comes to mind.
The Bar-Kays are donating a portion of the proceeds raised during their 50-year celebration to support their "fab-five charities."
Throughout 2014, the iconic band will observe their golden anniversary in the music business. The year-long observation will culminate with the Bar-Kays 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala Dec. 4 at the Cook Convention Center and Canon Center of the Performing Arts.
During the gala, a special presentation will be made to what that the Bar-Kays call their "fab-five charities" – the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis, United Way of the Midsouth, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Stax Music Academy and the Allen Jones/Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund.
On what the Greater Memphis Chamber clearly viewed as good news day, Forbes ranked Memphis as the 2nd most affordable city in the U.S. and WalletHub ranked Memphis as the 5th best city to start a business.
Chamber officials are spreading the word about the rankings, which both were announced on Tuesday.
2nd most affordable city
Forbes recognized Memphis as America's second most affordable city when surveying the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the country.
Faith in Action Memphis Cleanup 2014, which Mayor A C Wharton Jr. hopes will be the city's largest cleanup ever, was unveiled at press conference at City Hall on Monday.
The event, aimed at fighting blight and beautifying Memphis, will take place April 25-27 at sites throughout the city. The collaborative effort involves the mayor's office, Memphis City Beautiful, and a host of business, community and faith-based organizations.
"We became involved in this event because, as a faith-based entity, we believe in doing everything in our power to make Memphis better for all of us," said Pastor Brandon Walker, project director of Shepherding the Next Generation, a group comprised of more than 200 local pastors of different faiths.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Memphis plans to partner with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Dept. of Education to hold a "community conversation" to discuss strategies to advance learning, enhance student engagement and improve schools.
Three goals for cities to focus on – early childhood education, afterschool and postsecondary attainment – were outlined Monday in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NLC and the Dept. of Education. The MOU was unveiled at NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington.
"We understand that increasing our educated workforce in specific areas directly improves Memphis' economic future," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "This partnership with the City of Memphis, the National League of Cities, the Department of Education and America's Promise with support from AT& T will assist the City of Memphis in creating pathways to prosperity for more of our citizens."