Maine Poor People's Campaign protests in Augusta

Published: May. 14, 2018 at 5:13 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

The Maine Poor People's Campaign protested outside the State House on Monday.

The rally was one of more than thirty happening across the country.

It's part of a national call for moral revival, which kicks off six weeks of non-violent organized action.

Faith leaders and advocates were joined by low-income and disenfranchised people in Augusta Monday to sing songs and share stories of hardship.

Building off the work of the original Poor People's Campaign organized by Martin Luther King Jr- protesters say they want an overhaul of voting laws to stop voter suppression.

"It is calling for a shift away from the distorted moral narrative that has shaped this country for so long, and into a new life-giving, justice-building moral narrative," said Rev. Jodi Cohen Hayashida, First Universalist Church of Auburn.

Some of the protesters moved over to the Blaine House grounds, we're told they were eventually asked by security and police to leave and refused.

That's when police arrested some of the protesters.

Protesters say they're demanding attention to ecological devastation as well as measures to curb militarism and the war economy.

Monday's rally kicked off 40 days of protest and voter mobilization here in Maine and across the country, leading up to a rally in Washington, D.C. next month.