Hundreds of child care providers joined the Fight for $15 day of disruption with more than a dozen providers taking arrest in peaceful civil disobedience. Tens of thousands of underpaid people in 340 cities pledged to not back down and to fight against any efforts to block wage increases, gut workers’ rights, rip apart immigrant families, or cut our healthcare and child care.
LiAnne Flakes, a child care provider from Tampa, was arrested in an act of civil disobedience for the first time in her life. She decided to take this step because her low pay leaves her struggling to afford the basics and she wants to reform the child care system so it works for everyone.
“This is a big deal for me and something I’ve never done before … I am going to take this step because too many parents don’t have access to childcare and too many teachers are struggling to pay the bills,” she said.