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Maine Poor People's Campaign protests in Augusta

15 May 2018, 11:08 | Glen Norman

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Poor People's Campaign launches 40 days of protesting poverty

Alabama's Poor People's Campaign held a rally at the Alabama State Capitol Monday.

The actor-turned-activist spoke at the Capitol steps Monday afternoon about the problems facing impoverished America as part of the Poor People's Campaign, a six-week series of protests across the country aimed at creating a "moral revival". The "Moral Monday" movement led to more than 1,000 arrests of protesters amid acts of non-violent civil disobedience. The momentum of successive weeks will then culminate in a mass rally of solidarity in Washington, D.C. on June 23.

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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. Activists want to see living wage laws implemented at federal and state levels, single-payer universal health care, equity in education, a repeal of President Donald Trump's 2017 federal tax law, accessible housing, and an end to child poverty. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the percentage of people existing below the poverty line has changed little over the years.

"All over this country, we continue to see what is not often seen or talked about in our politics, in our political debates, or even in the media", Barber told Democracy Now. "We will let it be known that our children must not live or die in poverty".

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At the end of those 40 days, the organization said, on June 23, people from MA and across the country will gather for a mass mobilization at the United States Capitol in Washington. Campaign leaders said the protests would cover 35 states. They wanted the Indiana Legislature, which was meeting in a one-day special session, to make more changes to help those people.

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