On Monday at 3 p.m., Chris Hedges will join Green Party candidate Jill Stein and a number of other political leaders and activists to protest what he calls the Democratic Party’s “celebration of the rigged primary election.” The protest, organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), is intended to raise awareness of the poverty and homelessness that affects the nation and, as Hedges notes, shine a light on the corporate management of America’s “political theater.”

In this week’s episode of “On Contact,” Hedges sits down with Cheri Honkala, PPEHRC’s director, and Galen Tyler, the leader of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union.

“March for Our Lives is turning into a symbol of political independence,” Honkala says, explaining that the lavish, corporate-sponsored convention stands in stark contrast to the homelessness and poverty rampant in Philadelphia.

Over the last 16 years, Tyler says, the situation has grown “10 times worse,” and liberal presidencies haven’t helped. “People haven’t seen any difference between the Republicans or the Democrats,” he notes. “People are trying to see how they can break the chains and become free from the Democrats and the Republicans.”

Watch the full interview below:

—Posted by Emma Niles

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