Minnesota activists join national Poor People's Campaign

Demonstrators join hands during a rally in Charleston West Virginia U.S

Demonstrators join hands during a rally in Charleston West Virginia U.S

"People across the country are standing up against the lie of scarcity".

The group says they want to highlight the way veterans, children, women, teachers and others are being treated.

The Poor Individuals's Marketing campaign: A Nationwide Name for Ethical Revival mentioned in a press release Monday that the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, its two co-chairmen, had been arrested outdoors the U.S. Capitol.

After Maryland Capitol Police gave three warnings to protesters that protestors in the street faced arrest, officers detained 11 people and issued citations for obstructing free passage and failure to obey a lawful order, said Nick Cavey, spokesman for the Maryland Department of General Services. 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.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in cities across the country on Monday, as part of a new movement seeking to challenge racism and poverty in America.

Sylvia Orduno is with the campaign and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. The "Moral Monday" movement led to more than 1,000 arrests of protesters amid acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

Activists converged on state capitals around the US on Monday to begin six weeks of non-violent protests calling for new programs to help the millions of Americans who live in poverty, an overhaul of voting rights laws and other social change. 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.

More rallies are planned each Monday for the next six weeks, with a final gathering in D.C. on June 23 ― after which organizers hope participants will continue taking action in their own states to call for legislative changes.

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