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Why I keep getting arrested in the Poor People’s Campaign


Last updated 6/13/2018 at Noon

The Rev. Cecilia Kingman has been arrested three times in support of the Poor People’s Campaign.

A few weeks ago, as I was being arrested, the officers said to me, “I hope you got what you wanted today.”

I replied, “What I want is an end to poverty and racism and environmental destruction and the mistreatment of our veterans.”

These Olympia police officers then shared with me the story of a call they had responded to recently. A veteran had lost his life to suicide. He had killed himself in front of multiple people, broken by despair and unable to get the treatment he needed.

One officer’s voice shook as they told me this story. And then they thanked me for being in the st...

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