9 Religious Leaders Shackled, Abused & Held In Jail Overnight, After Praying In Protest Outside Supreme Court


Democracy Now! (6/13/18)

Nine religious leaders were arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday in Washington, D.C., after participating in a national day of action for the new Poor People’s Campaign. They were handcuffed for five hours and jailed overnight in cells with cockroaches before being brought into court in ankle irons. The religious leaders were among 100 people arrested in Washington, D.C., Monday [6/11] as part of the protests against poverty and racism.

We speak with Rev. Liz Theoharis, who was one of the nine arrested Monday.

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Special Report: In The Streets With The New Poor People’s Campaign Against Racism & Poverty

Most extensive wave of non-violent protest this century.

Democracy Now! (6/13/18)

Demonstrators descended on Washington Monday in the latest protest staged by the new Poor People’s Campaign, which organizers say is the most expansive wave of nonviolent direct action in the U.S. this century. Campaign organizers Reverends William Barber and Liz Theoharis and around 100 others were arrested for protesting a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to voting rights by upholding Ohio’s controversial voter purge law. At least 300 people were arrested nationwide.

Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign launched, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People’s Campaign. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Carla Wills were in the streets of Washington, D.C., covering the action.

Link to Story, Transcript and 24-Minute Video