Poor People's Campaign

Poor People's Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign in Kentucky will be back at the state Capitol July 10, expecting to enter the building in a group after previously being required to go in two at a time. 

Police at the Kentucky state capitol previously told demonstrators with the Poor People’s Campaign that they could enter only two at a time for safety reasons. The policy was put into effect after previous rallies by the anti-poverty group.

An opinion from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said proper procedures were not followed to begin the two at a time policy. 

Ryland Barton

Attorney General Andy Beshear says Kentucky State Police illegally restricted a poverty group’s access to the state Capitol building during a series of protests last month.

State troopers only allowed two members of the Poor People’s Campaign to enter the Capitol at a time after a series of recent protests, including a demonstration where 17 people spent the night in the building after business hours.

But a legal opinion published by the attorney general’s office said that Kentucky State Police and the Finance and Administration Cabinet didn’t create the policy using the proper procedure.

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Ryland Barton

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Anti-poverty activists say they will continue a campaign of demonstrations and civil disobedience throughout the Ohio Valley despite arrests at some events and being blocked from Kentucky’s capitol building.

The Poor People’s Campaign has rallied in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and campaign leaders returned to Kentucky Wednesday after the group was denied access at earlier demonstrations.

Johnalma Barnett

Anti-poverty protesters were again told they could only enter into the Kentucky Capitol two at a time on Wednesday, after the state police commissioner previously restricted the group’s access to the building earlier in the week.

Leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign say they are considering filing a lawsuit over the Kentucky State Police policy, arguing that the state Constitution allows unfettered access to the Capitol.

Rev. William Barber, an activist from North Carolina and national leader of the group, said Gov. Matt Bevin should allow the protesters into the building.

Ryland Barton

About 100 protesters from an anti-poverty group crowded the entryway to the Kentucky Capitol Monday after state officials restricted the group’s access to the building.

Kentucky State Police say they will only allow two protesters at a time from the Poor People’s Campaign to enter the Capitol building following a series of escalating protests in recent weeks.

Tayna Fogle, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, called the restrictions “sad and hurtful.”

Kentucky Poor People's Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign is returning to Frankfort Monday for another rally. The group was denied access to the Kentucky state capitol building during the event last week. There will also be demonstrations at state capitol buildings in Tennessee and Indiana.

Monday’s rally will focus on living wages, housing and education. More than 30 states will be participating in the demonstration at 2 p.m. local time. Reverend Megan Huston, pastor of First Christian Church in Bowling Green was at last week’s rally when the group was denied access to the Kentucky State Capitol.

Kentucky Poor People's Campaign

Two Kentucky lawmakers have written a letter to Attorney General Andy Beshear requesting an opinion on why a group of peaceful demonstrators was denied access to the state Capitol on June 4. 

The request for an explanation is because about 400 demonstrators with the Poor People’s Campaign held an outdoor rally in Frankfort. Then a group from the anti-poverty movement  attempted to enter the state Capitol. The rally was led by the national co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign Rev. Dr. William Barber. The demonstrators were met by uniformed guards at the Capitol entrance and told they could only enter under the “two-in-two-out” rule that was put into effect a couple of weeks ago. 

Kentucky Poor People's Campaign

The national leader of the revitalized Poor People’s Campaign, Rev. William Barber, will lead a rally in Frankfort on June 4. About 350 Kentucky residents are expected to  take part in the movement launched by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. William Barber has gained national attention leading a revitalized civil rights movement aimed at galvanizing a diversity of citizens around a few major issues that include poverty, health care, voting rights, systemic racism and environmental devastation.

Kentucky Poor People's Campaign

About 20 residents of Bowling Green will be at the state Capitol Monday, May 21 speaking out for the Kentucky Poor People’s campaign. 

Reverend Megan Huston is senior minister at First Christian Church in Bowling Green. She’s one of three Kentucky coordinators for the Poor People’s Campaign, a national effort originally launched in 1968 by Martin Luther King.

Huston says the goal of the campaign is to bring awareness to issues that include mass incarceration, voting rights, immigration, systemic racism and poverty.