More than 100 protestors rally at Capitol, block traffic

Erika Holt
May 16, 2018

Members of the Michigan Poor People's Campaign say they won't take it anymore.

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. It says the 2 had been amongst protesters arrested after standing in the course of a road.

"We understand that in order to change things we have to do the rallies, we have to do organizing, we have to do voter mobilization, we have to engage in civil disobedience", said the Rev. William J. Barber II, who co-chairs the organization alongside the Rev. Liz Theoharis.

"We will not stand for any more of the injustices you continue to put on our people."
"Because it is immoral for children in this country to go hungry, which is one of the wealthiest countries in the world", Carolyn Foster said.

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One woman, confined to a wheelchair, spoke of the discrimination faced by the disabled and another, who grew up as the child of an imprisoned parent, talked about the challenges of "systematic poverty" and justice reform. Theoharis is co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice in NY.

They were part of a larger crowd blocking all lanes of Capitol Avenue at Ohio Street, outside the Indiana Statehouse. After Maryland Capitol Police gave three warnings to protesters that protestors in the street faced arrest, officers detained 11 people and issued citations for obstructing free passage and failure to obey a lawful order, said Nick Cavey, spokesman for the Maryland Department of General Services.

Most of the people arrested will be charged with disorderly conduct, according to Hartford Police.

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