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Poor People's Campaign begins 40 days of nonviolent protests

Poor People's Campaign begins 40 days of nonviolent protests
Poor People's Campaign begins 40 days of nonviolent protests
Posted at 3:33 AM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 00:25:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The 'Poor Peoples Campaign' began a nationwide movement Monday with the goal of reviving part of Rev. Martin Luther King Junior's dream.

Floridians from several nations, creeds and orientations united at the State Capitol building Monday to support the call for moral revival.

Faith Leader Ron Rawls invokes King's cadence as he speaks and explains some of the campaign's underlying concerns.

"How is it that someone can work 40 hours a week making $9.00 an hour and they only bring home, you know, less than $1,200 a month, but then their rent is $1100 or $1200 a month," Rawls said. "No one should be paying more than 30 percent on their rent or their mortgage. But we have people paying 105 percent of their income just to have housing over their head and then we wonder why we have the homeless situation that we have in our state."

Monday's event at the Capitol included a symbolic burial of oppression, where individuals spoke up for their rights and expressed how poverty affects them daily.

Marches will continue all month nationwide.

Their efforts will conclude June 23 with a March on Washington, the same site where King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" Speech."