Columbia Police arrest protesters accused of unlawfully assembling

Maine Poor People's Campaign protests in Augusta

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.

Two leaders of a nationwide marketing campaign in search of to attract consciousness to poverty and racism have been arrested throughout a protest within the nation's capital. Edleson-Stein said that 13 protesters were arrested.

A protester from Louisburg, Peggy Lucas, said that rich plutocrats consider the poor the enemy.

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

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

Maryland Poor People's Campaign announced Monday it would be participating as one of 30 similar actions groups planned across the country over the next 40 days. We know that in the richest country in the world, there is no reason for children to go hungry, for the sick to be denied health care and for citizens to have their votes suppressed.

The campaign is co-organized by Repairers of the Breach, a social justice organization; the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary; and several other groups. In D.C., Barber, Women's March leader Linda Sarsour, and dozens of others were arrested, with police leading them out of the street they were blocking in front of the Capitol to a cordoned-off area nearby.

Officers cited 10 protesters at the Iowa Capitol who gathered in and around the staff offices of Gov. Kim Reynolds when they refused to leave the building at the close of business hours. 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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