Letter to the editor: ‘People’s House’?
To the editor:
I and 300 of my friends in the “Poor People’s Campaign,” were kicked out of the People’s House (our Kansas State Capitol) on Monday, June 4. I have been in the governor’s office many times over the past 30 years, but on June 4, when we knocked on the governor’s office door, it was locked. Police officers said singing there was not allowed and we must leave. We were disturbing those trying to work behind that locked door. Many chose not to leave and were later arrested.
We returned to the rotunda for silent prayer and meditation about the ecological devastation happening across our state and for our poor neighbors who can’t get health care because we refuse to expand KanCare. Our silence was interrupted, and we were told we couldn’t pray there either. I have been to more than 100 gatherings in the rotunda, but on this day we were kicked out of the People’s House!
We quietly gathered at the Capitol’s south steps and decided to sing and walk to the north side in support our sisters and brothers who had been arrested, only to be told we were not even allowed to be on the sidewalks outside the People’s House!
Yes, I was kicked out of the People’s House on Monday, along with more than 300 friends, because we had a message to share about the poor, the powerless and the disenfranchised of our state. But no one was there to hear our message, because they were too busy working behind locked doors, to be disturbed! And I feel sad.