By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands of people gathered today on North Broad Street on Martin Luther King Day, for a march and rally to address a variety of social concerns in Philadelphia and beyond.READ MORE: Southwest Philadelphia Block Renamed After Rev. Paul 'Earthquake' Moore
The event was organized by a coalition that calls itself MLK Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment (“MLK DARE”). Starting at Philadelphia school district headquarters at Broad and Spring Garden Streets, the group held the afternoon march down Broad Street, then east on Market Street to Independence Hall, for a 3:30pm rally there.
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The group’s demands are centered on justice, jobs, and education. Marchers are calling for a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour, a fair funding formula for public schools, an elected board to replace the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, and an end to stop-and-frisk tactics by the Philadelphia Police Department.
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