Poor People’s Campaign Week 2 and Plans for Week 3

This video by Rodger Routh is about week two of the Poor People’s Campaign in Iowa  regarding systemic racial injustice.

WHO-TV Political Reporter Dave Price interviews Stephen Blobaum about the Iowa Poor People’s Campaign:  http://whotv.com/2018/05/20/the-insiders-may-20th-edition-the-iowa-poor-peoples-campaign/

According to Medium.com nearly 321 arrests were made nationally during week two of the Poor People’s Campaign.

The second week’s theme for the Poor People’s Campaign was Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty; Voting Rights, Immigration, Mass Incarceration, Islamophobia and mistreatment of Indigenous Communities. Actions were held inside offices, blocking streets, and blocking entrances to State Houses and Justice Complex Buildings. The Poor People’s Campaign held civil disobedience in 17 states and D.C. during its second out of six weekly actions.

Around 321 people were arrested during the second week of the Poor People’s Campaign. These arrests took place in Washington, D.C. (59) and 17 states, including New York (27), Pennsylvania (24), Tennessee (21), Washington (19), Minnesota (18), Kansas (18), California (18), South Carolina (18), Massachusetts (16), Michigan (16), Vermont (14), North Carolina (13), Alabama (13), New Jersey (12), Louisiana (9), Maryland (4), and Arkansas (2).

Since Monday is Memorial Day, preliminary plans are that next week’s action in Des Moines will occur on Tuesday (5/29) at 2:00 p.m. It is anticipated that the rally will be at Birdland Park near North High School. The theme will be “Stop Killing Children” and the program will focus on three issues:  (1) gun violence in our schools, (2) children being maimed and killed around the world by wars, (3) profiteering from war that uses young people as “cannon fodder.”

More information about the national Poor People’s Campaign can be found here:  https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

 

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