We learned that students had come from all over the city to raise their voices in protest. We met students from the Brooklyn School for Social Justice who quite literally blew our minds with their passion for economic justice and their deep understanding of the roots of poverty. It became clear that for many of these young people, jobs in the fast food industry were a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it was a wage and a pathway to a better future. On the other hand, it was brutal hours, exploitation wages and no real training or career mobility. Among the students, were many wearing sweatshirts bearing the phrase "I Can't Breathe," a reference to the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD. There were also many people representing #blacklivesmatter.