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May142018

S.C. Protesters Call for Solutions on Poverty, Voter Suppression

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina protesters who say their mission is to reignite Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign to empower poor people held a rally demanding changes regarding poverty and voter suppression.

Nearly 100 people gathered Monday on the north lawn of the Statehouse grounds for The Poor People's Campaign, which was one of over 30 rallies held nation-wide. Columbia police arrested 16 demonstrators and charged them with pedestrian unlawfully in the roadway.

Event organizers said they are calling for a "moral revival" and want to refocus the national conversation around what they call fundamental issues concerning the country. The organizers also said the campaign is about values and not associated with any political party.

The rally kicked-off six weeks of a call to action by organizers.

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