Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Mississippi Poor People's campaign first in national effort

Mississippi Poor People's campaign first in national effort

"We will not stand for any more of the injustices you continue to put on our people."

The Mississippi Poor People's Campaign will spend every Monday for the next six weeks at the State Capitol Building calling for action.

The Poor People's Campaign has promised the largest non-violent direct action movement in US 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. They sang and chanted while holding up signs. "We will let it be known that our children must not live or die in poverty".

Hundreds were arrested at the nonviolent rallies nationwide on Monday, according to organizers.

Activists filed out into the middle of Jones Street where the General Assembly meets, holding hands and refusing to leave until each was led away by officers for a citation.

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After some of the civil rights victories of the 1960's Martin Luther King Jr. turned his focus to poverty, and launched the Poor People's Campaign to press for things like affordable housing and livable wages. He has termed militarism, racism, poverty and pollution, the "four evils".

"We come not with a left agenda or a right agenda". Ohio's campaign is part of a national movement, a revival of the original Poor People's Campaign, which marched on Washington in 1968 to demand economic justice.

A domestic worker at the rally gave an emotional speech about her struggles living in poverty, speaking in Spanish as someone translated in English.

"I don't have the means to go without working".

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