Mississippi Poor People's campaign first in national effort

Mississippi Poor People's campaign first in national effort

Activists say they'll spend the next forty days focusing on new programs to lift people out of poverty.

The protesters released a long list of actions they want political leaders to take, such as expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and fully funding services to treat people with mental health issues and other disabilities. Communities across the USA will mobilize around the Poor People's Campaign Ecological Devastation week of action happening the first week of June. In many instances, police said protesters were cited for blocking traffic. Protests have been planned in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

A statement from the campaign said the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, its two co-chairmen, were among those arrested outside the U.S. Capitol for standing in the middle of a street.

Most of the people arrested will be charged with disorderly conduct, according to Hartford Police.

Across the country, people are joining in on the push to do more for the people in need. Theoharis is co-director of the Kairos Heart for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice in NY.

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- A rally across from the North Carolina Legislative Building ended Monday afternoon with almost 50 demonstrators being cited by police for protesting in the middle of the street.

On Monday afternoon people gathered at Minuteman State Park near the state capitol to raise awareness about the number of people living in poverty.

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.

The campaign takes its name from an effort organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.in the late 1960s. It is to feature Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defence Fund and a part of the 1968 campaign.

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