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Poor People' Campaign: Rev. William Barber among leaders arrested at DC protest

Rev. William Barber (WCTI photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two leaders of a national campaign seeking to draw awareness to poverty and racism have been arrested during a protest in the nation's capital.

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival said in a statement Monday that the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, its two co-chairmen, were arrested outside the U.S. Capitol. It says the two were among protesters arrested after standing in the middle of a street.

Police had no immediate confirmation of arrests.

Barber is a North Carolina minister and former president of the state NAACP chapter. Theoharis is co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice in New York.

The campaign scheduled nonviolent protests around the country Monday, with nearly 90 people arrested in a demonstration in Missouri's capital.

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