Poor People's Campaign Ohio Rally Part of National Movement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- About two hundred people gathered on the Ohio Statehouse West Plaza to call for attention to the struggles of Ohio's poor, part of the nationwide movement entitled the #PoorPeoplesCampaign.

"We want them to pay attention to the poor. If you listen to campaign speeches from previous campaigns, different campaigns, the poor are probably never mentioned," says Rev. Susan K. Smith, of Crazy Faith Ministries.

One speaker at the rally accused candidates of using the votes of the poor to get elected, then ignoring the issues of the impoverished once in office.

"People talk about jobs, but you never hear the conditions of poor and that's because the poor are basically blamed for the situation. This campaign is hopefully going to help change the narrative," Smith said.

The group rallied on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, then marched to the offices of Ohio Attorney General, Republican Mike DeWine, running for Governor, to deliver their message. From there, the group marched to the Ohio Democratic Party headquarters, about a mile away, to bring their message to Democrat Richard Cordray.

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