Thousands of disenfranchised people, members of the clergy and moral leaders will “engage in direct action at statehouses and the U.S. Capitol next year.”
The six-week protest is reportedly being described as one of the largest waves of civil disobedience in the U.S.
The Poor People’s Campaign will take place 50 years to the day of Martin Luther King’s assassination when he called for the original Poor People’s Campaign.
The campaign will challenge “the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and America’s distorted national morality.”
“We must transform the moral narrative in this country. We went through the most expensive presidential campaign in U.S. history in 2016 without a single serious discussion of poverty and systemic racism,”Campaign Co-Chair William Barber said in a statement. “Now we are witnessing an emboldened attack on the poor and an exacerbation of systemic racism that demands a response. This is not about saving any one party or policy agenda, but about saving the soul of America.”
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is expected to be a multi-effort campaign that will take place across at least 25 states, as well as the District of Columbia. It’s curators’ hope that the movement will lead to mass mobilization at the U.S. Capitol on June 21.
“Even before the election of Donald Trump, the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the country’s distorted national morality were tearing apart the social fabric in America,” said the Rev. Liz Theoharis, the campaign’s co-chair. “But with extremists who stand against voting rights, living wages, health care and immigration reform gaining even more influence today in Washington and in statehouses across the country, the need for this campaign is more urgent than ever.”
The Poor People’s Campaign is co-organized by Repairers of the Breach, the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice and several local and grassroots organizations housed across the country.
Visit www.poorpeoplescampaign.org for more information.