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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 05:16 PM

The Poor People's campaign blocked traffic in Boston for three hours on Monday

Here's what one of the organizers, Maria Marcum, posted on Facebook to the folks who work in the financial district (the bold-face is my emphasis):

Three hours of traffic stoppage in Boston's Financial District led by Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign.

Folks in suits on the sidewalk who are mad that you can't get out of the parking garage any time soon(it's not blocked, but weve got gridlock), I have a message for you: I hear that you think we are hurting our cause by inconveniencing you for three whole hours of your life. If three hours of inconvenience in your life on a Monday after work is more disruption than you can tolerate, then you are a lot more sheltered and fragile than any of us realized.

There are multiple intersecting crises in this country, and many have come to see these crises as business-as-usual. Well, business-as-usual is over. And I am sorry that you will no longer be sheltered from some tiny sliver of the discomfort that 140 million poor people in this country experience every day.

If three hours of disruption is more than you can tolerate before deciding we are extremists, I am not going to believe you when you claim that if I just get back on the sidewalk to protest, you would be sympathetic. Sympathy isn't enough. We need some system change up in here, and the sidewalk isn't where we get it.

Join us, deride us, yell at the police for not arresting us. Your choice. But we won't be silent anymore.

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