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Jobs Equality Rally Begins March Through Nashville

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Unemployment and poverty have been two issues that can't be solved overnight, but dozens of folks in Nashville decided to take the first steps toward tackling the issues.

They banded together Sunday for the start of the "Pilgrimage for Jobs, Equity and Fairness" rally. The group planned to march all over Nashville this week.

The 2½-day march was expected to take the group through 15 neighborhoods, covering about 22 miles - all in hopes of encouraging the Metropolitan Nashville Council to adopt a community benefits agreement.

The agreement would guarantee at least some new jobs from big development projects to people who live in Nashville.

"As Nashville grows by leaps and bounds and becomes a better city, we want to make sure it becomes a better city for everyone, and the people who are struggling get an opportunity to get the jobs they need to contribute to the economy in a positive way," said rally organizer D.J. Hudson.

The Pilgrimage for Jobs, Equity and Fairness was scheduled to wrap up Tuesday afternoon at One Public Square.

To check out where the group is walking at any time, click this link to their website.

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