The Poor People’s Campaign

By Richard Nelson

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June 18, 2018

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The Poor People's Campaign was back in Frankfort last week. This time their protest was over Capitol police's refusal to allow them to protest inside the Capitol building without a permit. This was because the last time they were there they broke the law. They blocked the roadway behind the Capitol and left chalk messages on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion. About 100 protesters made it to the security check inside the Capitol building and chanted "this is our house”. The Poor People's Campaign makes political demands that call for more government programs, more aid to the poor and increased taxes. It's laudable to want to help the poor, but forty years of massive programs and trillions in spending to eradicate poverty is a reminder that government isn't the way to do it.

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