Hundreds Protest In Cities Across US For 'Poor People's Campaign'

Maine Poor People's Campaign protests in Augusta

Before that, they gathered on the State House grounds calling for greater economic equality. This afternoon's inaugural event, near the steps of the Statehouse, will focus on child poverty, women in poverty and people with disabilities. Justice. When do we want it?

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

Police say what was suppose to be a peaceful protest turn unlawful Monday evening when authorities say protesters moved into the streets.

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival bills itself as a national call for moral revival.

"We come not with a left agenda or a right agenda".

People from across the state are meeting at the Capitol this Monday morning to speak out and hope to spark changes that they hope will bring more moral values to Florida.

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This time, Barber has teamed up with the Rev. Liz Theoharis, a Presbyterian minister and co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in NY, to take the protests national.

The Poor People's Campaign protesters said they wanted to highlight the way veterans, children, women, teachers and others are being treated. The momentum of successive weeks will then culminate in a mass rally of solidarity in Washington, D.C. on June 23.

As a result of the protest, 16 people were arrested by Hartford Police.

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

Across the country, people are joining in on the push to do more for the people in need. "Although we live in the wealthiest nation in the world, it is troubling that so many people in this country live in poverty", said Rev. Dr. Susan Smith, one of the Ohio Poor People's Campaign chairs, in a statement.

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