They stood at the same place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to 10,000 Philadelphians in August 1965 as part of his Freedom Now tour — and on the 51st anniversary of the day he was assassinated in Memphis in 1968.
"Lifting up focus and attention on this act of poverty and economic insecurity," Hughes added. "The number of people in poverty in Pennsylvania is 1.5 million people."
The statewide call to action will to examine 30 issues related to poverty and economic security that Senate Dems are working on this legislative session.
"We want cash in people's pockets so they can be spending it in businesses and putting people to work," he explained.
"We have people every day who are losing their homes," added Andrea Custis, president and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia.
She said a lack of affordable housing, unemployment, and the high cost of child care and health insurance keep people in poverty. "The fight that we had going on today is the same fight that King had 50 years ago."
Democratic lawmakers hope to bridge a bipartisan coalition to tackle poverty in Pennsylvania.