About 30 Memphians headed to the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville Monday for a rally kicking off 40 days of nonviolent, direct action organized by the national Poor People’s Campaign. Meant to “reignite” the campaign started by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years ago, the new campaign will confront poverty, racism, and militarism, by demanding an overhaul of the nation’s voting rights laws, programs to help the 140 million Americans living in poverty, attention to ecological devastation, and measures to curb militarism and the war economy. “We must have moral dissent and people who will challenge the status quo,” Rev. Dr. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign:...
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Memphians Stoke Fire of Re-Ignited 'Poor People's Campaign'