Demonstrators in Montpelier demand change

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Several dozen people demonstrated at the Vermont Statehouse Monday afternoon as part of the nationwide launch of the Poor People's Campaign.

Several speakers addressed the crowd on the steps of the Statehouse. The group then moved into State Street in front of the Capitol where they blocked traffic and chanted.

The campaign is based on the work of Martin Luther King Jr. It's focused on addressing poverty, racism, militarism and other issues. The group plans to demonstrate every Monday for the next six weeks except Memorial Day. The demonstration will take place on Tuesday that week.

"It's really hard to get anything done in that building no matter how much will for those changes. We are coming in here and using civil disobedience to really make the point," said Henry Harris of Plainfield.

Harris says 37 other states will have blockades in front of their statehouses.