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Fight for $15 activists storm Pinellas Legislative Delegation meeting

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A dozen community activists and low wage workers saturated the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday at USF St. Pete with pleas to increase the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour. The speakers represented more than a third of those scheduled to address the delegation. Mimi Hopkins was first to speak. She’s 28 years old and has never taken a vacation. Instead, she uses what ever paid time off she gets from her minimum wage job to work overtime…

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Janelle Irwin’s Fight for 15 Challenge: Days 2 and 3

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Day Three of my Fight for 15 challenge is winding down, and I’ve already failed oh-so-miserably. But that’s OK – my failures only further the intended argument sweeping the nation. People just can’t live a functional life on minimum wage. For two and a half days, I have been absolutely fantastic at squandering money and scrimping on meals. Tuesday, even while running around (like a chicken with its head cut off, mind you) managing the Election Day madness, I didn’t spend a single dime…

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Janelle Irwin’s Fight for $15 Challenge: Day 1

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During all of the pre-Election Day craziness, I want to remind everyone that today is day 1 of my Fight for $15 challenge. So far today I have skipped my usual coffee and quiche from Creative Soul and instead ate a grapefruit from the fridge and brewed my own cup of joe. Last night’s leftovers are lunch in lieu of my weekly outing with my oldest daughter after she gets out of school. I don’t mind the leftovers, but Lexi…

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