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WATCH: 'Poor People's Campaign' holds rally in Cleveland Monday ahead of march on Washington

Posted at 2:21 PM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 17:41:05-04

CLEVELAND — The Poor People’s Campaign marched through Downtown Cleveland Monday evening as part of a 10-state tour leading up to a national march on Washington DC to support policies that benefit poor and low-income Americans.

Watch video from the march and rally in the video player below:

The “Moral March” began at 5 p.m. at US Bank Plaza and proceeded down Euclid Avenue before concluding with a rally and a “Mortal Monday Mass Meeting” at Trinity Cathedral, Episcopal Church at 2230 Euclid Ave. at 6 p.m., according to a news release from organizers.

At the rally, those “directly impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and the war economy, and the corrupt moral narrative” spoke, along with two co-chairs for the Poor People’s Campaign.

“The reality of 140 million people who are poor or low-wealth and just one $400 emergency away from being poor – and who represent every race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and political party and account for 43.5% of the people living in the richest nation in the world – is a moral crisis,” campaign organizers stated in the news release.

After holding rallies in cities including Madison, Wisconsin, Raleigh, North Carolina, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Memphis in the coming months, the Poor People’s Campaign will hold a national assembly in Washington D.C. on June 18.

Learn more about the campaign here.

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