Across the country, fast food workers walked off their jobs in a display of solidarity and a display of how far they will go for a living wage. But accompanying them in these protests were members of the “Black Lives Matter” movement who understood how to the two subjects tied together.

It seemed perfect timing for the organizers that Hilary Clinton would announce that she was running for president just days before as most candidates will have to confront these two causes in some way.

In New York City, the action began on Tuesday afternoon when protesters took over the Brooklyn Bridge and got into clashes with police. According to reports from authorities, two officers were assaulted. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was quick to condemn the alleged attacks.

“Reports this evening that two of our NYPD officers were assaulted by protestors reminds us that here in New York City, violence or threats of violence against the police are unacceptable and will absolutely not be tolerated,” said de Blasio in a statement. “These attacks will be thoroughly investigated, and we will urge the full prosecution of the perpetrators.

But this didn’t take away from the following Wednesday when organizers got going at 6:00 in the morning in Flatbush where fast food workers protested alongside union and non union construction workers. More rallies were held throughout the day around the city including home care workers on Central Park West fighting for a $15 an hour wage, college and high school students at Columbia University rallying in favor of underpaid workers and massive rally at Columbus Circle where protesters would eventually march to Times Square. However, the AmNews caught up with a few people at a staged die-in in front of the McDonald’s on 71st and Broadway during lunch time.

A woman from Pennsylvania, who only wanted to be referred to by her first name Trish, said she’s worked at a local Walmart for about 7 years and makes only $7.25 an hour. She told the AmNews that she’s here to help send a message and to march for change.

“These companies and corporations need to change,” said Trish. “They need to listen to their workers so they’re not making poverty wages. They need to live on what these corporations are paying them and currently, that’s not happening. We’re getting by just barely.”

While Trish said the workers at her particular Walmart haven’t really attempted to organize and form a union they have gone on strike a few times. All she wants is for the retail giant to see the err of their ways.

“Walmart just needs to step up and understand that the workers are hurting,” said Trish. “We can’t live on these low wages.”

Bleu Rainer, a McDonald’s employee from Tampa, FL, talked to the AmNews about how Black Lives Matter and Fight for $15 are one in the same.

“The fight for Black Lives Matter and the fight for economic justice it all ties together,” Rainer said. “You can’t have racial justice without economic justice. People that are mostly working these low-wage jobs are black and brown. Inside the work place, we’re getting abused with the wages and when we come outside, we’re still getting abused. So it doesn’t make sense.

Several studies have been done showing that an increase in the wages of these employees would help boost the economy and lower the burden on tax payers since workers wouldn’t have to rely on public assistance and food stamps in order to survive. When asked if corporation knew that or just didn’t care, Rainer had this to say.

“I actually think they don’t care,” said Rainer. “Because they’re profiting millions and billions of dollars. If they cared, they would’ve been given it to us. The minimum wage hasn’t changed that much since 30 years ago. We need $15 and we need a union.”

Bettie Douglas, of St. Louis, MO, agreed with Rainer about businesses not caring. Douglas told the AmNews that she takes three buses and a train to work at a local McDonald’s.

“I don’t think they care, because how can you not know that?” said Douglas. “These companies have billions of dollars. In order to obtain billions of dollars, you have to have some sense of the value of money and of life.”

Making the trek from St. Louis to New York City also helped Douglas confirm something that always felt.

“Being here lets me know that I’m not in this alone,” Douglas said. “We’re fighting for what’s right. Everything’s is going up, but our paychecks. How do you expect a person to live?”