Following a national day of action for the New Poor People’s Campaign, nine religious officials were arrested Monday and stripped of their religious vestments.
The leaders were held overnight in prison cells and were brought into the courtroom in ankle irons.
Among those arrested was Reverend Doctor Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the New Poor People’s Campaign.
Theoharis was wearing a stole which read, “Jesus Was a Poor Man,” which she reports was taken from her and not yet returned.
“And, you know, it’s a true statement from the Bible. It’s also something that during the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, the caravan from Marks, Mississippi, had that on there. And so we wear those in solidarity with the ’68 campaign and with the Bible. And so, that was taken. And all of our, you know, religious collars and vestments were removed. The prayer—Jewish prayer shawls that someone was wearing were removed. And folks got some of them back yesterday. I’m still waiting to get the stole back.”
The protesters were focusing on this week’s theme, “Everybody’s Got the Right to Live: Education, Living Wages, Jobs, Income, Housing.”
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