Some of our members traveled to Topeka; on Monday; to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign. Activists flooded the streets and shut down a downtown Topeka intersection as part of a nationwide protest by poor and disenfranchised people, clergy, and advocates. Beginning at the statehouse, they moved to the intersection of SW 9th and Topeka Blvd., where they blocked traffic for nearly two hours. Citations were issued but no one was arrested and no injuries were incurred.
Similar protests were held in 30 state capitals, as well as Washington, D.C., as part of the Campaign, organizers say. Protesters are demanding what they call a “moral revival”.
- A massive overhaul of the nation’s voting rights laws
- New programs to lift up the 140 million Americans living in poverty
- Immediate attention to ecological devastation
- Measures to curb militarism and the war economy