Representative Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) has likened both immigration reform and the fight to increase the minimum wage to the effort for desegregation and civil-rights icon Rosa Parks.
As one of the leading voices for minimum-wage hikes of up to $15 per hour, Ellison argued that the small crowds at minimum-wage protests, such as at Walmart and fast-food restaurants, were comparable the stand taken by Parks.
“Remember, the Montgomery bus boycott didn’t start with a big crowd — it started with one lady saying, ‘I am not moving,’” he said on CNN on Tuesday. “That’s how these things are going to start too.”
Ellison tweeted out a similar message after his television appearance.
On Monday, Ellison announced he would participate in a day-long fast in solidarity with the Fast for Families activists who have fasted on the National Mall since last month in support of immigration reform. He tweeted a similar message comparing Parks and supporters of the Senate’s comprehensive bill.