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‘Poverty Is Violence’: First Day of Action of the Poor People’s Campaign (Audio Photo Essay)

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'Poverty Is Violence': First Day of Action of the Poor People's Campaign (Audio Photo Essay)

Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the Women's March, center, and the Rev. Liz Theoharis (with bullhorn) lead marchers on Monday toward Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C., where they were met by a police line. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

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The Poor People’s Campaign began Monday in Washington, D.C., as thousands of activists joined the Revs. William Barber II and Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the campaign, as well as leaders of the Women’s March and other public figures. More than 200 people were arrested.

Truthdig correspondent Michael Nigro’s photo essay on the beginning of the protest, which is focused on the theme “Somebody Is Hurting Our People: Children, Women and People with Disabilities in Poverty,” is part one of our exclusive coverage.

PHOTO ESSAY | 26 photosThe Poor People's Campaign: 'Poverty Is Violence'

Inspired by Martin Luther King’s first iteration of the movement, the new group plans 40 days of protest in more than 30 states and will tackle inequality, climate change, U.S. military interventions and other pressing issues.

To see Truthdig’s multimedia updates from Washington on Monday, click here. In order to cover the full six weeks of the movement, we rely on your contributions.  To support continuing coverage such as this, please consider making a donation today.

Michael Nigro
Michael Nigro is a leading photojournalist for Truthdig, known for his reporting from deep within major events. He was “on the ground” for the website at the infamous protest in Charlottesville, Va., when…
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