See the Globe story for quotes from the speeches. This video features one comment and scenes from the march.
Rally demands a sweeping change in health system
Participants in the Labor Day rally, which was staged by Obama’s grass-roots political organization, Organizing for America, said they wanted to push back against vocal opposition to the president’s plan.
“The Republicans are very organized and we want to prove that the Democrats are also organized,’’ said Barbara Blume, 64, of Centerville. “I want to tell them that they are not in step with the American people. The American people support health care reform and we support President Obama.’’
A parade of politicians, labor leaders, and workers addressed the crowd yesterday at Parkman Bandstand on the Common, including Attorney General Martha Coakley, who formally launched her campaign last week to fill the US Senate seat vacated by the death of Edward M. Kennedy.