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Mass Rally, Vigil and Global Day of Solidarity for Poor People's Campaign in Washington (details forthcoming)

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: (to be determined) • Washington DC

On April 10th, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, was launched at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with the release of “The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing American 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign Challenged System Racism, the War Economy/Militarism, and Our National Morality.” This audit addresses the campaign’s four core issues:

  • Racism
  • Poverty
  • The war economy and militarism
  • Ecological devastation

40 days of planned campaign action will begin on Mother’s Day, May 13th. There will be a call for civil disobedience in state capitals with the hope that 1000 people per week will risk arrest each Monday during the 40 days. Each week will have a different theme:

  • Week One (May 13-19): Child Poverty, Women and the Disabled
  • Week Two (May 20-26): Systemic Racism, Voter Suppression and Immigration
  • Week Three (May 27-June 2): The War Economy, Veterans and Education
  • Week Four (June 3-9): Ecological Devastation and Health
  • Week Five (June 10-16): Systemic Poverty, Jobs, Income and Housing
  • Week Six (June 17-22): Challenging the Nation’s Distorted Moral Narrative

The Campaign will conclude with a mass rally and 24-hour vigil in Washington, D.C. and a Global Day of Solidarity on June 23rd. You can join the Poor People’s Campaign and learn more about its history, principles and demands here.

There are currently campaign Organizing Committees in 40 states and the District of Columbia.  It was good to hear on a recent call about the structure of the organizing bodies.  Each Organizing Committee must have at least one person of faith, one low-income advocate, one low-income person directly affected by current policies, and one person of color; no public officials can serve as Organizing Committee members.  

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