Poor People's Campaign Rally set for Monday


Derick Smith, a political education coordinator for the Poor People's Campaign, speaks to the crowd in Raleigh, N.C., on May 14, 2018 in front of the state legislature building. The group has just started a six-week long campaign that demands chances in voting rights laws and other programs they say will help lift people out of poverty.

"Today, I risked arrest with the Poor People's Campaign because there is no climate justice if the poor are left behind". Protests have been planned in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Police Capt. M.K. Kohr says 49 people were cited for impeding traffic by standing in the street.

"All over this country, we continue to see what is not often seen or talked about in our politics, in our political debates, or even in the media", Barber told Democracy Now.

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Across the country, people are joining in on the push to do more for the people in need. We know that in the richest country in the world, there is no reason for children to go hungry, for the sick to be denied health care and for citizens to have their votes suppressed. Theoharis is co-director of the Kairos Heart for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice in NY. The group had scheduled protests at state capitols, many across much of the eastern United States, on Monday afternoon, according to their website.

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.

Glover asked those in attendance to support teachers and other unionized employees, frequently recounting Dr. Martin Luther King's work alongside impoverished people. It is to feature Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defence Fund and a part of the 1968 campaign.