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  • Poor People's Campaign launches 40 days of protesting poverty

The rally in Lansing was part of a national launch of the Poor People's Campaign.

"We're living in an impoverished democracy", Barber said. King was assassinated in April of that year and the movement struggled afterward, but now activists want to realize the movement's lost vision in an America that still faces numerous same systemic problems.

The Rev. William Barber II and the Rev. Liz Theoharis ― the two religious leaders spearheading The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival ― led dozens of demonstrators at a rally and march in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon.

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The rallies planned by current organizers will address today's major social and economic problems in a series of weekly themes. 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.

Monday was the first day of the so-called "Poor People's Campaign". "We will let it be known that our children must not live or die in poverty". The issues they're fighting for are varied, but they say it's all part of a common struggle - caused by the wealthy and corporations that are in control. Hundreds of people were arrested, including 350.org's Executive Director May Boeve. "And these realities hurt children and women and the disabled the most". According to the campaign, protesters will spend the next 40 days engaged in nonviolent action, including the mobilization of voters and holding teach-ins.

"I'm hoping it shakes America's conscience-that it makes many more aware", Wise told NPR.

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