The protests are meant to reflect the original Poor People's campaign 50 years ago.
The action, one of several similar events throughout the country, was called the Washington Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, according to a news release issued in advance of the 2 p.m. gathering.
Eleven protesters were issued criminal citations Monday when they blocked traffic in front of the State House in Annapolis, an orchestrated act of civil disobedience that is part of the Maryland Poor People's Campaign.
Fifty years after the first Poor People's Campaign, organized by Martin Luther King Jr. shortly before his assassination and carried out after his death, activists have launched a new campaign for economic and social justice.
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"We are here", Gillett said, "because between 1979 and 2012 income of the top 1 percent grew by 83 percent while the income for the bottom 99 percent remained stagnant and even declined for most of us".
The marketing campaign scheduled nonviolent protests across the nation Monday, with practically 90 folks arrested in an illustration in Missouri's capital.
"We will not stand for any more of the injustices you continue to put on our people", she said during a speech at the rally. "Systematic poverty that has been created, not because we're lazy or don't want to work, but because of politicians who block a living wage".