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Poor People's Campaign launches 40 days of protesting poverty

Poor People's Campaign launches 40 days of protesting poverty

Activists want to see living wage laws implemented at federal and state levels, single-payer universal health care, equity in education, a repeal of President Donald Trump's 2017 federal tax law, accessible housing, and an end to child poverty.

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is a renewed version of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign five decades ago to lift Americans out of poverty.

Jerry Goldberg is with a coalition to stop foreclosures, which is part of the campaign.

"They're a common struggle against a system where corporations and profits are everything and people mean nothing", he said. Moreover, he asserted, "this will be no mere one-day march in Washington but a trek to the nation's capital by suffering and outraged citizens who will go to stay until some definite and positive action is taken to provide jobs and income for the poor".

The campaign plans to keep coming back to the Capitol every Monday.

Sylvia Orduno is with the campaign and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. The aim, organizers said, is to ensure lawmakers address the issues and help reclaim the nation's "deteriorating" moral narrative. Pastor Thomas Barnes of the Kemper Road Church near Cincinnati says this is one of more than 30 events that he says will focus on non-violent activism. After the rally, participants blocked off an intersection in front of the Capitol.

Dozens turned out today, singing and chanting for change.

The Poor People's Campaign has promised the largest non-violent direct action movement in USA 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.

The Poor People's Campaign action took place as dozens of communities across the USA rallied at City Halls and public spaces to introduce local resolutions and engage with elected officials.

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