Arrests have been made across the nation as protesters engaged in the ongoing New Poor People’s Campaign, which is focused on “The War Economy” this week.
In California, 18 protesters were arrested at the state capitol Monday after refusing to leave the premises upon closing.
Sixteen people were arrested in Boston, Massachusetts for the second week in a row after refusing to leave the Statehouse.
In Tennessee, 20 people were arrested as they protested ahead of a planned visit from the president.
And in Washington, D.C., dozens were arrested for protesting outside the office of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Poor People’s Campaign was resurrected by Reverend Doctor William Barber, who has called repeatedly for a “moral revival” in the United States.
“Some issues are not about left and right, Republican and Democrat – they’re about our deepest moral values. And we believe that you have to have a campaign, a movement, that seeks to reshape the moral narrative.” — Barber
Barber’s inspiration comes from Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., who headed the first Poor People’s Campaign 50 years ago in the months before his assassination.
“We have to remember that the civil rights movement did not just end. It was assassinated by killing the leaders, it was assassinated through division. Throughout our trips, what we’re finding is there is still a need for that coalition that Dr King talked about in ’68 in coming together to address the evils of racism, militarism, systemic poverty and ecological devastation.” — Barber
Each week, beginning Mondays, the campaign focuses on a different issue; the first two weeks were centered around the rights of those living in poverty and the link that exists between poverty and racism.
The most recent arrests were made as the group focused on “The War Economy” and the escalation of gun violence.
On June 3, the group will stage acts of civil disobedience in response to the next issue: the destruction of our environment and access to healthcare.
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