Photo Gallery | PHOTOS: The Federal Minimum Wage Amounts To Poverty, Protesters Say
The streets in Silver Spring, Md. came to a halt Monday afternoon as nearly 250 area residents hit the streets in protest of the federal minimum wage.
Crowds walked through Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring chatting "We are worth more than $7.25," accompanied by the beat of drums.
The event was organized by OurDC, a non-profit organization that seeks to "ensure that every city resident has a good paying job, a benefits package, and good working conditions so that all District families can live successful lives; in addition to advocating for job creation."
The organization believes elected leaders should raise the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 to $10.55 an hour, citing that "the federal minimum wage shouldn't be a federal poverty sentence."
Currently, the minimum wage amounts to $15,080 a year. That number is "almost $9,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four," reads a statement on the site.
The NGO has started an online petition to increase the federal minimum wage and plan to deliver it elected officials.
"People who work for a living should be able to support their families and live off their wages."