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Protesters Say Concerns Rebuffed by Metro Nashville

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Protesters tacked a list of problems faced by Nashville’s low-income families to the door of City Hall Tuesday evening.

The Tennessean says about 50 protesters gathered on the steps of the city building at the end of a four day, 22 mile march across Nashville.  Entitled “The Pilgrimage for Jobs, Equity and Fairness,” organizers say the march was intended to draw Metro’s attention to issues plaguing the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

Political Scientist Dr. Sekou Franklin of Middle Tennessee State University participated in the march. He says inspiration for the pilgrimage was taken from the pages of protest history.

“Gandhi’s Salt March to King’s Selma-Montgomery campaign, and then Chavez’ march to Sacramento – all of which were 200 plus miles. What we have is a localized version of that, and the model for that is pretty much drawn from that long lineage.”

Franklin says several mid-state organization’s involved in civil rights and poverty issues banded together to sponsor the march. He says their suggestions that more Metro resources be devoted to youth employment opportunities, low-income housing and other areas of need have been rebuffed by the mayor and some city council members.