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What's it really like working for minimum wage all day? Let's hear from those actually living it.

I see comments every day on social media posts about minimum wage, and there's a lot of "she should do this" and "why doesn't he do that?" — lots of holier-than-thou attitude. Here's what it's like living it, and what folks are doing to change things.

What's it really like working for minimum wage all day? Let's hear from those actually living it.

Ebony Hughes, a home health aide and fast food worker, is struggling to survive despite working 16-hour days while raising a little girl.

This is reality for millions of people — our neighbors and friends, scattered all across the country, largely (but not necessarily) in urban areas.


But the scourge of low-paying jobs with no benefits is especially prevalent in lower-income communities and those inhabited by people of color. Which is why the movement that began after several killings of African-Americans by cops, known as Black Lives Matter, is beginning to see that raising the minimum wage is a civil rights issue, too.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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