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Capitol Report: Wall Street would benefit from lifting those left behind, Poor People’s Campaign leader says

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Rev. William Barber during a protest at the U.S. Capitol in 2017.

To hear Rev. William Barber tell it, Wall Street should be an natural ally of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Barber is co-chair of the campaign, a reboot of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ill-fated Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. Fresh from victories over the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, King organized protests that demanded full employment, a guaranteed basic income and access to capital for minority businesses.

“[King] believed you could eradicate poverty. He believed that there was enough to go around,” Barber says.

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