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Protesters Descend on Governor’s Mansion in Springfield

Protesters set up tents outside the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield Monday as part of an ongoing series of demonstrations to call on politicians to address poverty and systemic racism. The tents were a symbolic criticism activists made of the $14 million in private donations spent on renovations at the mansion. “We want to identify the contrast between standing in front of a mansion when there are so many people who do not know where they are going to sleep at night,” said Erica Nanton. “But at the end of the day that is not his house. That is our house.” The protest was part of a series of demonstrations in the capitol known as the Poor People’s Campaign, who have been hosting six weeks’ worth of actions to highlight these issues across the country. (State Journal-Register)

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