Poor People's Campaign rallies downtown, 10 arrested

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

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

Nelson Johnson, a veteran of the first Poor People's Campaign, delivered a message ear the conclusion of the rally, before protesters linked arms and made a circle on Jones Street.

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

Said to have been started by Dr. Martin Luther King to bring poor people together as a force to be reckoned with, the Poor People's Campaign is coming to St Augustine through the backing of the Lay Organization of St. Paul AME Church, located at 85 Martin Luther King Avenue.

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. "We will let it be known that our children must not live or die in poverty".

The rally in Lansing was part of a national launch of the Poor People's Campaign. Hundreds of people were arrested, including 350.org's Executive Director May Boeve. An end to poverty, hunger, and racism. Protest and events were planned in at least 30 states and the nation's capital on Monday.

While the campaign is expressly not partisan and does not make endorsements, it does seek to mobilize voters to the polls in the 2018 elections, a spokesperson told HuffPost last month.

"We will not stand for any more of the injustices you continue to put on our people", she said during a speech at the rally. "I have suffered depression and sometimes suicidal thoughts at the thought of my children living on the streets because we can't afford rent", the woman said, wiping away tears.

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