For the second time, Arkansas Capitol police have arrested demonstrators in the Poor People’s campaign.

It’s a nationwide movement that has led to arrests in a number of states.


The campaign, which marks 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized thousands of Americans in the original anti-poverty effort of the same name, seeks to raise awareness about economic disparities and poverty, systemic racism, ecological devastation, and increased military spending. The multi-state, 40-day movement entered its fourth week on Monday, with protests in more than 30 states focusing on health care and environmental justice.

Capitol Police arrested two people May 21 at the Justice Building. They were charged with trespass, disorderly conduct, and obstructing governmental operations. That struck me as a lot of charges for entering a public building during office hours.

Some charges were filed after three women were arrested about 6 p.m. Monday at the Capitol, the Democrat-Gazette reported. One of those had been arrested in the May 21 demonstration. The article didn’t specify what actions led to the arrest, but a video on Facebook indicates they sat down in the ground floor level of the Capitol rotunda. In other states, efforts to enter public buildings were turned back. The campaign had this Facebook post: