SC Poor People's Campaign present legislative demands

February 27, 2019 - 5:22 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Advocates with the Poor People's Campaign have delivered their agenda and legislative demands for the upcoming year, including a call for an end to "systematic racism and poverty," Medicaid expansion, promoting clean water and environmental initiatives and pay raises for state workers and teachers.

Columbia minister Charles Rhodes said campaign members held a news conference Wednesday at the South Carolina Statehouse and will deliver their demands to Gov. Henry McMaster and to leaders of the General Assembly. He says their next steps depend on the actions of lawmakers.

Organizers say the Poor People's Campaign is a grassroots effort to revive the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to empower poor people. The Poor People's Campaign will hold a national bus tour of poverty-stricken areas to begin in late March.

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