LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A nationwide call-to-action brought activists to the Lexington, Kentucky offices of Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.
Monday, members of the Poor People’s Campaign rallied outside Senator McConnell’s office in Lexington and Senator Paul’s office in Bowling Green as part of “Moral Mondays.” The group is calling on the senators to pass the “For The People Act,” or H. R. 1, which would expand voting rights and ban partisan gerrymandering.
The group is also calling for the complete restoration of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, for the filibuster to be eliminated, and minimum wage raised to $15 an hour.
“The thing I’m most passionate about is voting rights. Because when people can vote, voices are heard, and it’s a bottoms-up approach to where our democracy is really grounded. When people can vote, then things can really change. And when people can vote we can change the power structure,” said Unitarian Universalist Church Reverend Esther Hurlburt.
For Arnald Farr, a member of the State Coordinator Committee for the Poor People’s Campaign, it’s a matter of making voices heard that have previously been ignored.
“Why do they continue to ignore working-class, every day people in Kentucky? We would like to have an explanation, and none’s been given. All we know is that Kentuckians and the needs of everyday Kentuckians have been ignored ever since those two have been in office,” said Farr.
The Poor People’s Campaign will continue “Moral Mondays” through August 8th.