Ohio Poor People’s Campaign Launches with Rally at Statehouse

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May 11, 2018

 

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Ohio Poor People’s Campaign Launches with Rally at Statehouse

 

Columbus, Ohio -- On Monday, May 14th at 2 p.m., faith and community leaders and concerned Ohioans will gather at the Statehouse to lift up the needs of people living in poverty: especially women, children and people with disabilities. They will join in a nationwide season of action with nonviolent moral direct actions in over 30 state capitals. Through highly publicized, non-violent moral fusion direct action over a 6-week period in at least 35 states and the District of Columbia, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy during a key election year.

 

Rev. Susan Smith, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign, said, “In this country, we have seniors who are starving, students who can only eat well during the school year, children who live in cars with their parents because their family has been evicted. We have policies which will penalize the old and the infirm, cutting off their capacity to receive medical care or remain in nursing homes. There is a spirit hovering over this country which is not beneficent, or kind or even aligned with God’s will that we tend to each other. The Ohio Poor People’s Campaign is working to change the conversation and turn us toward justice, compassion, and the common good.”

 

WHAT:

Rally and nonviolent moral direct action at the Statehouse. The event page can be found here.

 

WHEN:

Monday, May 14th at 2 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Ohio Statehouse

1 Capital Square

Columbus, OH 43215

 

WHO:

Faith and community leaders, Ohioans living in poverty, concerned citizens

 

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