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More than 100 protestors rally at Capitol, block traffic

15 May 2018, 11:09 | Darnell Patrick

Protesters try to reignite MLK's 'Poor People's Campaign' at Statehouse rally

Maine Poor People's Campaign protests in Augusta

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.

"Even here in Sacramento, the gentrification of our cities (is) pushing poor and working people out of them", the 71-year-old actor said.

"We are a part of the huddled masses, and we are still yearning to be free", Johnson said. Most were cited by police for impeding traffic by standing in the street.

"We understand that in order to change things we have to do the rallies, we have to do organizing, we have to do voter mobilization, we have to engage in civil disobedience", said the Rev. William J. Barber II, who co-chairs the organization alongside the Rev. Liz Theoharis. Those protests were meant to oppose the Republican-dominated legislature's agenda, its cuts in unemployment benefits, opposition to expanding Medicaid, and restrictive voting rights laws.

All across the country people gathered at state capitol buildings for the national event. They had scheduled protests at state capitols across much of the eastern United States on Monday, according to their website.

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The Poor People's Campaign protesters said they wanted to highlight the way veterans, children, women, teachers and others are being treated.

Sylvia Orduno is with the campaign and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.

The group says a "sweeping" overhaul of the country's voting rights laws is needed, as well as public policies around poverty. The 40-day duration echoes a typical biblical period of preparation, such as Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the desert before his ministry began.

At its heart, it is made up of clergy - mostly on the liberal left.

Monday's rally kicked off 40 days of protest and voter mobilization here in ME and across the country, leading up to a rally in Washington, D.C. next month.



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