Poor People's Campaign rallies downtown, 10 arrested

Clay Curtis
May 15, 2018

The organization's name is a nod to the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, a grassroots organization organized by Martin Luther King Jr.

The protestors were with the South Carolina Poor People's Campaign. They pushed for a repeal of the tax law passed a year ago that primarily benefits the wealthy as well as a raft of other issues, including equal pay for women, paid maternity leave, an end to job discrimination against LGBTQ people and better access to quality education for poor children.

A group of protesters who are part of a national movement have shut down a street outside the Indiana Statehouse. "We want Governor Dayton to veto the bill".

- Police cited almost 50 people Monday for impeding traffic while demonstrating in a street next to North Carolina's Legislative Building.

"We're living in an impoverished democracy", said the Rev. William J. Barber II.

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"We come not with a left agenda or a right agenda". They had scheduled protests at state capitols across much of the eastern United States on Monday, according to their website.

The "Connecticut Poor People's Campaign" was one of 30 protests happening at state capitols around the country.

The campaign is meant to create a network of people and organizations willing to nonviolently confront government and its policies regarding the poor. We need a fast and just transition for the poorest and most impacted by climate change and the fossil fuel economy.

The group says a "sweeping" overhaul of the country's voting rights laws is needed, as well as public policies around poverty.

It remains to be seen what kind of impact the movement will have over the next 40 days, but organizers are very aware that the mass voter mobilization they dream of will take work and time.

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