The Mass Assembly of Poor and Low-Wage Workers and Moral March on Washington took place near Capitol Hill, with protesters holding signs with messages such as “money for the poor, not for war”, “rise from below, everyone rise”. “stop racism now” and “injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.
Adrienne J. Gaymon, who traveled from Columbia, South Carolina, to join the crowd, told Xinhua she thinks the income gap in the country has widened in recent years.
“It seems like there’s all the tax breaks for the rich and everything is more expensive and nothing is being done to help those who are struggling,” Gaymon said. “I just think the country is going backwards.”
According to the Poor People’s Campaign website, as the U.S. economy has grown 18-fold over the past 50 years, wealth inequality has widened, the cost of living has risen, and social programs have been restructured and considerably reduced.
“The truth is that the millions of poor people in the United States today are poor because the wealth and resources of our country have flowed to a small number of people and federal programs do not meet the growing needs of the poor. “, said the campaign. Noted.
“For those who say we have a resource deficit, I say absolutely not. The deficit is in human will,” Bernice King, the youngest child of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., told the rally, calling to “immediacy”. the abolition of poverty.”
In 2018, the richest 1% of American households provided 16.4% of their income, compared to 8.9% in 1979, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute. Rising income inequality in recent decades has reduced aggregate demand growth by around 1.5% of GDP.