• Short Summary

    A "MARCH OF THE POOR" DEMONSTRATION WAS HELD IN CHICAGO YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). MOTHERS AND CHILDREN?

  • Description

    A "MARCH OF THE POOR" DEMONSTRATION WAS HELD IN CHICAGO YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). MOTHERS AND CHILDREN CHANTING "WE WANT FOOD...WE WANT JOBS" MARCHED ON THE STATE OF ILLINOIS BUILDING IN CHICAGO, WHICH HOUSES THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC AID AND GOVERNOR OTTO KERNER'S OFFICE, AND STAGED A SIT-IN DEMONSTRATION IN THE PUBLIC AID ROOMS."
    ABOUT 200 PEOPLE , MOST OF THEM NEGROES, TOOK PART. THEY DEMANDED IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION OF SURPLUS FOODS AND HIGHER RELIEF ALLOWANCES, AND SAID THEY WOULD STAY IN THE BUILDING "UNTIL THE WALLS OF STARVATION CAME TUMBLING DOWN."
    THE REVEREND HENRY MITCHELL, WHO LED THE DEMONSTRATION DEMANDED IMMEDIATE, SAID THAT FOOD SURPLUSES AVAILABLE IN ILLINOIS WERE BEING DISTRIBUTED TO OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE IN PREFERENCE TO CHICAGO. HE WENT ON:
    AN EMOTIONAL NEGRESS WAS AMONG ONE OF THE DEMONSTRATORS. SHE ADDRESSED THE MEETING:
    TOWARDS THE EVENING FURTHER DEMONSTRATORS ARRIVED, BUT OTHERS WENT BACK TO THEIR HOMES AFTER MITCHELL TOLD THEM TO GO HOME IF THEY DID NOT WANT TO FACE ARREST. THROUGHOUT THE DEMONSTRATION MITCHELL URGED HIS FOLLOWERS NOT TO RESORT TO VIOLENCE. HE SAID:
    AN OFFICIAL OF THE PUBLIC AID DEPARTMENT TOLD THE DEMONSTRATORS THAT THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AID WAS SYMPATHETIC TO THEIR CAUSE BUT THAT HE COULD NOT MOVE IN CHICAGO WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE FLIGHT OF PEOPLE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA28Z40Y5877SYMTL9BWW8Y7GVO
    Media URN:
    VLVA28Z40Y5877SYMTL9BWW8Y7GVO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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