Poor People's Campaign

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For the past six weeks, the Poor People’s Campaign has gathered in front of the Statehouse, calling attention to issues like racism, immigration and the environment. 

But the next steps don't involve proposing specific policy changes. 

“So we should impact the values of our country, and if we can impact the values of our state then we can see a change that’s reflected in public policy,” said Rev. Eric Jackosn, one of the campaign co-chairs.

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About 80 people gathered outside the New Hampshire State House for a third rally of the Poor People's Campaign. Speakers focused on what they call "the war economy" and gun violence. 

After marching around the capitol building, speakers and protestors went in to the Hall of Flags, where they held a "teach-in."

Topics discussed included veterans' mental health, nuclear weapons and imperialism.

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Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. started the Poor People's Campaign to fight systemic racism and poverty. More than 100 people gathered outside the State House Monday as part of a nationwide re-launch of Dr. King’s Poor People's Campaign.

Those issues hit close to home for Asma Elhuni. She said she's experienced economic hard times, and she's also concerned about an increase in acts of hatred toward Muslims.