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North Carolina low-wage workers, advocates, and lawmakers held a press conference on April 22 to announce the reintroduction of legislation to raise the state's hourly minimum wage, currently $7.25, to $15. State Sen. Natalie Murdock, top center, and Rep. Susan Fisher, top right, are among the primary sponsors. Cummie Davis, the author of this essay, is in the center row at right. (Image is a still from this Facebook video.)