The beautiful, sunny day put an extra spring in the steps of the protesters who chanted, "What do we want? - 15!, When do we want it - Now!"
Californians, from Berkeley to San Diego, were out in force in yesterday's Global Day of Action to raise the wage.
Strikes, marches, and rallies are happening coast to coast today in hundreds of towns and cities.
For women, today is a sobering reminder that not nearly enough has been done to address unfair wages in this country.
"We are not going to stop the fight until we tear down the barriers that keep workplace and racial injustices in place."
"People who make less than $15 an hour know plenty about money; they know what it's like not to have enough money."
"Millions of families working for poverty wages will continue to struggle until McDonald's pays a living wage."
Fast food servers, homecare and airport workers, and students gave witness to the low pay facing them in today's increasingly service-centered economy.
"It's a PR stunt, and that stunt isn't going to pay my gas bill this month, or get my landlord off my back."
"We need to fight for everyone, especially for those who feel that they can't fight by themselves."