Special Report From Poor People’s Campaign Rally in DC
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FEATURING JON STOUT – Thousands of people gathered in Washington DC this past Saturday as part of the Poor People’s Campaign. The rally was held as the culmination of 40 days of actions around the nation addressing poverty and related ills.
Rev. Liz Theoharis, one of the co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign announced during the rally, “We are sick, we are homeless, we are separated from our families, and we will keep coming back until everyone has housing, voting rights, clean water, peace, and justice!” Rev. William Barber, the other major co-chair whose Moral Mondays protests paved the way for this new Poor People’s Campaign was also a central figure.
The DC action marks a turning point in the next phase of an ambitious movement. Today we’ll get a special report from one person on the front-lines of this movement.
Jon Stout, Chief of Staff of Free Speech TV, the independent television and digital media network he co-founded 23 years ago. He has been covering the Poor People’s Campaign for Free Speech TV, and as an activist he has been arrested twice in front of the US Capitol as part of the Poor People’s Campaign’s initial 40-day season of moral fusion nonviolent direct action. He is helping to organize the Poor People’s Campaign in his home state of Colorado, and represented the state at last weekend’s national mobilization rally in Washington.