Protesters decry social injustice near Frank Rizzo statue

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Protesters gather near Frank Rizzo statue. Watch this report from Action News at Noon on September 14, 2017. (WPVI)

The bronze statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo was the backdrop for a protest on Thursday morning in Center City.

The organizers spoke out against a number of problems they say are caused by social injustice.

Their long list of demands includes changes in the police force and more state funding for education.

This comes one day after a sculpture of an afro pick with a raised fist was added nearby. Called "All Power to All People," it is part of a project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia that features temporary art installations in 10 locations.

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Sculpture of afro pick goes up near Frank Rizzo statue. Katherine Scott reports during Action News at Noon on September 13, 2017.

RELATED: Why is the Rizzo statue controversial?

Philadelphia has been asking for the public's helpin deciding the fate of the Rizzo statue.

The statue has been vandalized multiple times in recent weeks.

Rizzo served as the city's mayor from 1972 to 1980. Critics argue he reigned over a corrupt police department and used his power to alienate minorities. Supporters say he was a devout public servant who wasn't afraid to speak his mind.

To submit your idea about what to do with the Rizzo statue, visit Office of the Mayor's Website

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