Poor People’s Campaign Week 1

On May 14, over 20 people from EUUC participated in the Poor People’s Campaign in Olympia, WA.  The theme for the day was ”Somebody’s Hurting our People:  Children, Women and People with Disabilities in Poverty.”  Several hundred people were at the event, where we learned about direct action, heard from people directly impacted by poverty and government policies, and marched through downtown Olympia.  At several intersections, trained people sat down, blocking the intersection.  The police kept their distance, and kept cars from the area.  There were no arrests.  Similar activities took place in other state capitals, and arrests occurred elsewhere.  In Washington, D.C., the Reverend Dr. William Barber and Reverend Dr. Jeane Theoharis, national co-chairs of the campaign, were arrested, as was the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.