They also want a higher wage indexed to inflation to keep up with the cost of living.
Jennifer Diagastino, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Justice, says families are living in poverty under the current wage of $7.25 an hour.
She also says some small businesses are okay with the idea because of the inflations adjustments that would be included.
"When we index the minimum wage to inflation, they can plan. They know that every year their minimum wage will go up a couple percent," Diagastino says.
Still, other business groups oppose the higher wage, saying they're concerned about the added costs and inability to increase their employee numbers.