Protesters gather at Wisconsin state Capitol

MADISON — Several dozen demonstrators are converging on the state Capitol to protest a host of issues ranging from poverty to racism.

The protest was one of 30 demonstrations scheduled nationwide as part of the "Moral Monday" movement. The movement began in April 2013 against conservative policies that advocates say hurt the poor and minorities. The Rev. William Barber, who gained national attention when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention, is leading a protest North Carolina.

Protesters in Madison gathered on the sidewalk below Republican Gov. Scott Walker's conference room and chanted "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super-sized" and "I believe that we will win." Some held signs that read "who among us will lead?" and "defend the rights of the poor and needy."