Poor People's Campaign launches days of protests around US

Faith Castro
May 15, 2018

The Poor People's Campaign has promised the largest non-violent direct action movement in USA history with protests and teach-ins over the next 40 days, which they hope will spark a nationwide conversation and provoke lawmakers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In the end, King's assassination on April 4, 1968 kept him from participating in this campaign. "We want Governor Dayton to veto the bill".

The movement has been revived by Rev. William Barber II of North Carolina and Rev. Liz Theoharis of New York City.

After Maryland Capitol Police gave three warnings to protesters that protestors in the street faced arrest, officers detained 11 people and issued citations for obstructing free passage and failure to obey a lawful order, said Nick Cavey, spokesman for the Maryland Department of General Services.

"We come not with a left agenda or a right agenda". Coordinated events occurred at many state capitols across the country.

"No justice, no peace" were among the protesters' chants.

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The Poor People's Campaign protesters said they wanted to highlight the way veterans, children, women, teachers and others are being treated. This year's national campaign will culminate in a March on Washington as well, scheduled for June 23.

"Sit-ins as we go forth, and to just civil disobedience".

The Poor People's Campaign has dozens of policy demands, outlined on their website.

Abandoned by his parents after he was born, Steven Suffridge said he had been homeless for seven out of the last 17 years and has not been able to make a proper living. "People across the country are standing up against the lie of scarcity".

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival says it's "uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality".

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