Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Echoing King, activists revive a Poor People's Campaign for equality and justice

Echoing King, activists revive a Poor People's Campaign for equality and justice

The campaign cast the protests as a "reignition" of the Poor People's Campaign, the 1968 movement started by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others to challenge racism, poverty and militarism.

The Maine Poor People's Campaign protested outside the State House on Monday.

In Missouri, 88 people were issued summonses in Jefferson City for obstructing a lawful police order to move after they blocked a downtown street.

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

"No justice, no peace" were among the chants that came from what police estimated were 50 protesters.

All across the country people gathered at state capitol buildings for the national event. Communities across the USA will mobilize around the Poor People's Campaign Ecological Devastation week of action happening the first week of June.


On Monday, Barber, the former president of the state's NAACP chapter and the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, was not in Raleigh, but in Washington, D.C., leading a similar protest in front of Congress. Barber and Theoharis were taken into custody outside the U.S. Capitol.

Across the country, people are joining in on the push to do more for the people in need.

Terrence Wise, a fast-food worker who has fought for the living wage and led campaigns for years, believes in the mission and that bringing working class people together will achieve change.

Organizers say they're calling for a massive overhaul of the Nation's voting rights laws and new programs for those in poverty.

On June 23, the organization will go to Washington and joined up with other members of the group from across the nation for a mass mobilization at the U.S. Capitol.

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