Poor People's March hits Detroit
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06/22/10 Kelly Benjamin
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Over the past two weeks, WMNF has been documenting the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaigns March to Fulfill the Dream, a 12-week, 24-city march and caravan from the Mississippi Delta to the US Social Forum in Detroit which began today.

A dozen homeless people from the Tampa Bay area are with the march helping to organize a broad-based social movement against poverty led by the poor. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin has been embedded with the march and brings us this report as the campaign ends its journey with a press conference to mark the beginning of the US Social Forum.

The march arrived in town yesterday and set up a tent city to house dozens of homeless people from across the country in a vacant lot just outside the city. Local police attempted to oust the activists, but Cheri Honkala stood her ground.

The tent city stayed there as frustrated police tried to find the owners of the vacant and neglected lot to issue a trespassing order to no avail. One of the people sleeping in the lot was Steve Norris from St. Petersburg, a former University of South Florida employee who is now homeless.

Norris said that although people around him had lost their homes and jobs in recently years, he never thought it would happen to him.

Tune in to the WMNF Evening News this week for more of Kelly Benjamin's reports from the US Social Forum in Detroit.

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