The Poor People’s Campaign held a rally in the Kansas Statehouse on Monday and Ashanti from Topeka was one of the speakers.
“Poverty is a system with a built in narrative that would have us believe that our being born into a caste makes us evil, unmotivated and unworthy of dignity and of living authentically,” she said. “Poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation caused by violent individuals in Congress shows up and devastates the most vulnerable, which are the poor.”
Following the rally, the Campaigners engaged in civil disobedience, blocking the intersection at 9th Street and Topeka Boulevard with the intent of receiving attention from police.
Reports conflict as to how many were affected. Topeka Police say they cited 24 people, but that no one was arrested. A release from the Poor People’s Campaign says 31 people were arrested as part of the demonstration.
The protest was one of more than 30 across the country on Monday demanding new programs to fight systemic poverty and racism, immediate attention to ecological devastation and measures to curb militarism and the war economy.
Image courtesy Poor People’s Campaign