|Vince Villegas, Sacramento Progressive Alliance|
Monday, June 11, 2018
Poor People's Campaign - Jobs, Income, Living Wage
by Duane Campbell
Hundreds of tenants, low-wage workers, clergy, union members and community activists descended upon the California state capitol today in a show of collective power to demand that state lawmakers take action to address the state’s homelessness crisis and to combat the systemic racism and poverty in our communities.
Working families traveled from San Diego, Los Angeles, Salinas, and the Bay Area to join in this fifth successive week of nonviolent direct action.
Speakers and participants included union workers protesting the attack on workers rights and their unions. Anti-worker attacks – like Janus V AFSCME - would create so called ‘Right to Work’ status for government workers in California and around the nation.
“ The greedy rich and the corporations backing Janus are coming after us because they know about our power in numbers, and they know what we can accomplish when we stand together,” said David Dunbar a SEIU Local 721 member from Los Angeles.
As the rally concluded, hundreds entered the capitol building to take their message directly to the lawmakers and to bear witness to their crisis when communities are torn apart by homelessness, poverty wages, systemic racism, and corporate greed.
Today’s event was one of thirty in state capitols across the nation and in Washington D.C. This is the fifth week of the campaign. The protests across the nation are organized to reignite the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 started by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and many others to challenge racism poverty and militarism.
The next rally and non violent intervention will be on Monday, June 18, 2018.