The Poor People’s Campaign is a national call for moral revival, uniting people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, and the war economy/militarism.
This movement is a continuation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in the 1960’s, with the addition of ecological devastation made in the recent Campaign. We are challenging the nation’s distorted moral narrative and calling for a moral agenda that is drawn from a deep engagement and commitment to the struggles of the poor and dispossessed.
In the summer of 2017, a series of Truth Commission on Poverty events were held across NYS, with an open hearing taking place here at Cuba Cultural Center. Our Executive Director now serves on the Coordinating Committee for the Campaign here in New York State and is collaborating to develop a regional committee here in the western part of the Southern Tier.
A continuation of the Poor People’s Campaign held a national launch in Washington DC in December 2017 and Unity Press Conferences in State Capitols in February 2018.
In the spring of 2018, the Campaign launched forty days of non-violent, moral fusion, direct action in Washington DC and in State Houses across the country. Themes included “Somebody’s Hurting Our People,” “Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty,” and “The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence.” The last three weeks focused on “The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet,” “Everybody’s Got the Right to Live,” and “A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative.” The season of direct action concluded with a global day of solidarity and a call to action rally in Washington, DC.
In September 2018, people impacted by poverty and oppression gathered across New York State for the first People’s Assembly. We worked to overcome the things that have kept us separate in order to create a united effort to advance the Campaign in New York. We also established the framework and goals of the work into 2019.
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