Protesters arrested during Indianapolis stand

Sergio Cunningham
May 16, 2018

Fourteen people were arrested during a protest, part of a national movement, that shut down a street outside the Indiana Statehouse for almost three hours Monday. "Both parties have to be challenged-one for what it does and one for what it doesn't do".

More than 200 people from across Kansas gathered at the capitol this afternoon demanding change regarding poverty. Barber is the founder of the Moral Monday movement, a coalition of faith leaders and activists who routinely protested poverty and discrimination in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Junior advocated for Americans living in poverty in what was called the "Poor People's Campaign". He cited statistics that indicate 46 percent of Kentucky residents - 2 million people - are poor or low-income; 76 percent of those are children; 47 percent are women; 65 percent are people of color; 42 percent are white people, according to Gillett. Members of the Michigan Poor People's Campaign say they won't take it anymore.

The movement kicked off with protests across the country Monday. It says the two were among protesters arrested after standing in the middle of a street.

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In Kansas City, Missouri, protestors sat down in the street to impede traffic.

More rallies are planned each Monday for the next six weeks, with a final gathering in D.C. on June 23 ― after which organizers hope participants will continue taking action in their own states to call for legislative changes.

They were part of a larger crowd blocking all lanes of Capitol Avenue at Ohio Street, outside the Indiana Statehouse. "We won't be silent anymore!"

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