It’s on – this Thursday, fast-food workers like me are going on strike across the country. And it’s going to be bigger than ever before, with community members joining us at protests and rallies in hundreds of cities across the country!

Find out if there’s a rally near you and sign-up to show up on Thursday. Together, we’ll send the fast-food giants a loud and clear message.

I’m going on strike because I can’t make ends meet for me and my 12-year old boy on the $8.35 I make at McDonald’s – it’s just 10 cents more than minimum wage here in Peoria, Illinois.

I’m striking because not only can McDonald’s afford to pay us more, but time and time again they’ve shown just how out of touch they are with what it’s like to work for them – and to try to scrape by on poverty wages.

And we’re ALL going on strike because we know that folks like you are right there with us. We couldn’t do it without you: Join me and say “I’m in!” for Thursday’s nationwide strike and protests!

The outpouring of support we’ve seen so far has been amazing, but we’re only getting started. As we get ready to walk off our jobs again, we need you to have our backs.

P.S. If you can’t make it to a rally Thursday, you can still say you’re with us. Tell the fast-food chains it’s time to pay $15 an hour and spread the word after you have.

This piece first appeared in fryingpannews.org