FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- On Monday people across the country kicked of the 40 day Poor People’s Campaign which looks to bring awareness to issues affecting the vulnerable in our country.
A group of more than a hundred participated in an event at the capitol in Frankfort.
Organizers say the theme of this weeks event is awareness for child poverty, women and the disabled.
While that theme may not be the most upbeat, protester used the power of song to get their point across.
More than a hundred protesters blocked traffic in from of the Capitol Monday afternoon as a form of peaceful protest to call for action against racism, systemic poverty and what they say is the country’s overall distorted moral narrative.
Before protesting in the street, organizers rallied inside the Capitol Annex where they called for change and for more people to join them in their campaign.
“We’re just asking folk of the commonwealth to come out to band together so that we might begin to affect the whole commonwealth, all of the commonwealth, not just pockets, not just certain areas. So that everyone will have a chance at the access that some of us have and a lot of us do not,” said Donald Gillette, an organizer of Kentucky’s Poor People’s Campaign.
The organizers will be back next Monday and every Monday for the next month bringing awareness to different issues through song, all leading up to a national rally in Washington D.C. on June 23rd.