AUGUSTA – The Maine Poor People’s Campaign was unveiled Monday afternoon in Augusta.
It’s called a national call for moral revival and organizers said it begins with a 40-day effort to raise awareness of issues as Medicaid expansion, racism and the war economy.
“It’s going to continue on. We are pretty committed that we’re not going to stop until everybody has health care, until there’s universal health care,” said Jessica Stewart of the Maine Poor People’s Campaign. “Until there’s no more voter suppression. Until every kid goes to school with enough to eat.”
Protesters sang songs echoing the protests of the 1960s outside the State House.
Organizers said they are modeling this campaign after the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. The goals of the campaign include clean water for all, living wages and the repeal of the 2017 Trump Tax Act.