Raleigh 1 of 30 sites for launch of Poor People's Campaign

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On Mother's Day 50 years ago, thousands converged on Washington, D.C., to take up the cause that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been fighting for when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968: the Poor People's Campaign.

"We're living in an impoverished democracy", said the Rev. William J. Barber II.

Columbia police say the protesters were given three orders to move out of the road, which the protestors ignored.

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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.

The U.S. Census says that 41 million Americans live in poverty, but the leaders of the Poor People's Coalition point to figures of 140 million published by the Institute for Policy Studies.

A protester from Louisburg, Peggy Lucas, said that rich plutocrats consider the poor the enemy. Police had no immediate confirmation of arrests there or a specific number of those stopped.

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"Even here in Sacramento, the gentrification of our cities (is) pushing poor and working people out of them", the 71-year-old actor said. "Both parties have to be challenged - one for what it does and one for what it doesn't do". Theoharis is co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice in NY.

The Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign is kicking off six weeks of protests across the country with one on the state house steps Monday, May 14 at 2 p.m.to ask for what they call a "massive overhaul" of laws and programs to address the country's poor.

Police were told members of the group meant to protest "until they got arrested", Cavey said. According to the campaign, protesters will spend the next 40 days engaged in nonviolent action, including the mobilization of voters and holding teach-ins.

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