Poor People's Campaign launches days of protests around US


The Florida Poor People's Campaign is fighting for exactly what the name details, poor people, while puting emphasis on the groups more statistically inclined to live in poverty.

The group that will gather at the state house will include those who are poor or disenfranchised, clergy leaders and other advocates.

Monday's event was the start of a six-week non-violent campaign to bring attention to people impacted by race, poverty, and inequality.

Fourteen people were arrested during a protest, part of a national movement, that shut down a street outside the Indiana Statehouse for almost three hours Monday.

Rev. Barber also led a variation on the chant: "What do we want?"

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

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.

On Mother's Day 50 years ago, thousands converged on Washington, D.C., to take up the cause that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been fighting for when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968: the Poor People's Campaign. The group had scheduled protests at state capitols, many across much of the eastern United States, on Monday afternoon, according to their website.

"It looks like, instead of finding ways to eradicate poverty, our leaders want to target the poor", said DeWayne Davis, one of three co-chairs of the Minnesota campaign, and senior pastor at All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis.

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

At issue are several policies they believe are heartless, if not cruel, to poor people.

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