Poverty

Live Video Stream of Arrests at the US Supreme Court

Poor People's Campaign activists taking direct action to protest thge Supreme Court's partisan decision enabling the continuing disenfranchisement of US voters.

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Police evict "Resurrection City II" from Dupont Circle

On the 11th of June, police (presumably US Park Police) evicted the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign from their "Resurrection City II" encampment in Dupont Circle.Belongings were stolen by police but nobody was arrested. Cops cited "noise complaints" presumably from Dupont area yuppies as their excuse The possiblity also exists this is retaliation for an earlier civil disobedience at HUD-or just to "clean up" Dupont in case Capitols fans went there.

Lot of MPD backing up US Park Police at the eviction of Resurrection City II (Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign photo)

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign pitches camp in Dupont Circle

On the 9th of June, as Capital Pride crowds began to build, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign pitched camp in Dupont Circle. They had just arrived in DC, ending their march from Kensington, Philadelphia. They marched from the poorest neighborhood in Philly to one of the richest in DC and pitched camp in the circle.

Youtube video:Bruce Wright from the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign speaks at Dupont during Pride(Vision Planet Media, 5:07)

The Poor People's Campaign in Dupont Circle during Pride

Rev Hagler arrested with Poor People's Campaign in US Capitol Rotunda

The 5th of June marked the 4th week of the Poor People's Campaign of civil disobedience at the US Capitol and at statehouses across the continent. In this week's protest, Reverend Hagler was one of many protesters arrested inside the US Capitol rotunda

Video including scenes of Rev Hagler at the protest inside the US Capitol Rotunda

Rev Hagler taking a lead role as activists march to the Capitol visitor center

Jobs With Justice 2018 May Day Parade

Jobs With Justice DC observed International Worker's Day 2018 with a May Day parade to construction sites in DC to bring awareness of subcontractors such as Power Design Inc. with a history of wage theft. Also highlighted were gentrification and the displacement of DC historic communities of color as well as salary abuses among restaurant and domestic workers. Video Link

Pastors, church elders hold mass "reclaiming Jesus" march on White House against Trumpism

On the 24th of May, a number of high-profile Christian pastors and church elders led a massive march on the White House against most of what Trump stands for. Organzers estimated 2,000 marchers participated, many carrying electric candles in the evening. From these lights the smoke of hate could not rise.

Video of the march and mass candlelight rally at the White House

The march steps out from two churches at Thomas Circle

Poor People's Campaign protests inside US Capitol, about 50 arrests

On the 21st of May, the Poor People's Campaign returned to the US Capitol for a second round of civil disobedience. While cops lined the street to prevent a second round of obstructive street protest, activists went inside the US Capitol itself and protested there. Reports at the scene were of approximately 50 arrests resulting.

Video-Capitol Police threaten support team with arrest for protesting without a permit

Arrestees lined up outside after protesting inside the US Capitol

Vatican Urges Transparency to Address Inequality and Prevent Financial Crisis

The Vatican released an official assessment on global economics entitled, "‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones" or "Considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system." The document calls for improvements in global finance policies on debt resolution, taxation, financial crisis prevention and transparency.

Mass civil disobedience, arrests as Poor People's Campaign kicks off at US Capitol

On the 14th of May, the Poor People's Campaign kicked off six weeks of direct action with civil disobedience in cities all over Turtle Island, resulting in hundreds of arrests. Here in DC, protesters marched into the streets from the US Capitol and were quickly but partially kettled by US Capitol Police. The route back to one sidewalk was not blocked but protesters stood their ground and were then arrested.

Video of the civil disobedience (3 min 27 sec) on Liveleak after being removed by Archive.org

Police block the march before it can reach the Independence Ave intersection, use a "half-kettle" formation

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for Debt Relief Ahead of Next Hurricane Season

Officials from governments, the IMF, World Bank, the private sector and NGOs meet this week at the United Nations for the Financing for Development (FFD) Forum. The annual gathering seeks to implement the Addis Ababa Action Agenda that governments endorsed in 2015 in Ethiopia."These meetings are critical to address the root causes of poverty and raise revenue in the developing world," said Jubilee USA Executive Director Eric LeCompte. LeCompte has participated in FFD negotiations since 2012.

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