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Marchers invade Capitol demanding ‘economic rights’

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 10, 2003

“What do we need? Health care! When do we need it? Now!” repeated several demonstrators Friday as they marched up the Capitol steps, through the front doors, around the rotunda and into Gov. Paul Patton’s office.

Marchers from the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, carrying signs and American flags, were then escorted outside by the Kentucky State Police because they did not have a permit to assemble and did not sign in at the security desk.

“This is very important, what we’re doing,” said Cheri Honkala, spokeswoman for the campaign. “We believe in the bottom of our hearts that we can change something.”

The march in Frankfort was just one stop on the marchers’ journey from Marks, Miss., to Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign. The movement began in Kensington, Pa. and its purpose is to fight for housing, health care, food, education and living wage for low-income Americans.