Demonstrators protest U.S. Senate lack of movement on stimulus relief

A mobile demonstration was held outside a senator’s Oklahoma City office on Monday to protest the U.S. Senate’s plans to hold Supreme Court confirmation hearings while refusing to approve a second pandemic stimulus package.

The Oklahoma Poor People’s Campaign, the state chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, protested outside the building that houses Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe’s office at 3817 Northwest Expressway.

Bradley Havenar, the campaign’s state coordinator, said the Oklahoma affiliate was one of 10 states that participated in the “McConnell’s Caravan” initiative, named after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who has promised to fast-track the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

“There’s people in Oklahoma who need help and the Senate has had plenty of opportunities to pass a second stimulus package but they haven’t. They’ve completely failed at that job,” Havenar said.

“Now they plan to rush through a Supreme Court justice nominee and there are still people suffering in our state and in our country. And that’s unacceptable.”

Havenar led a small group of demonstrators in three cars to Inhofe’s office building, but they were blocked from getting too close to the building. People stood next to barricades placed at the entrance/exit outlets around the building to prevent the barriers from being moved. An individual in Inhofe’s Oklahoma City office said someone with the congressman’s Washington, D.C., office would respond to a media inquiry but no one gave a comment late Monday.

Meanwhile, the caravan, with honking horns and a blaring siren drove numerous times around an outlying parking lot. At one point, Havenar got out of his car and stood outside the barriers to participate in a live-streamed caravan event hosted by Poor People’s Campaign co-chairman the Rev. William Barber II and other activists.

Havenar told Barber that his group was outside Inhofe’s office even though they had been barred from getting close to the building.

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