By Hadas Kuznits

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Over 100 people gathered in Center City Saturday to demand that the powers that be raise the minimum wage in Philadelphia to 15 dollars an hour.

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Justin Harrison, a volunteer organizer with the group “15 Now”, says with the current minimum wage it’s virtually impossible to make ends meet:

“We have families, people who work multiple part-time jobs to make full-time hours, or even people who work full-time jobs at $7.25 and they’re still struggling to pay the rent, to pay their utilities, to pay transportation for their kids to get to school.”

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Volunteer Kate Goodman was one of the speakers encouraging City Council members to demand a statewide minimum wage increase in Harrisburg and she says it’s an uphill battle.

“We face strong, well-funded opponents who know what they want and they’re willing to go to great lengths to defend their power, privilege and wealth;” says Goodman, “Because the one thing they fear the most is a militant, united, multiracial, multi gender working class movement.”

And Goodman says it’s up to leaders in Philadelphia to address the issue there.

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“Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney must stay strong in his support for a $15/hour minimum wage. It’s not okay to run on 15 Now if you’re not willing to introduce 15 Now!”