The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS is proud to play a central role in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in New York State. The Poor People’s Campaign is a state-based nationwide movement, co-chaired by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, to end the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation.
The campaign launched in May 2018 with 40 days of coordinated action in more than 35 states. Nationally, the 40 Days of Action represented the largest wave of civil disobedience in the 21st-century United States. Here in New York, more than 1300 people participated in direct action in Albany, including 360 people risking arrest in nonviolent civil disobedience. For 6 weeks in a row, we disrupted business-as-usual at the Capitol. Through personal stories, songs and creative action, we told the truth about how the structural violence of poverty, racism, environmental destruction, and militarism is hurting our communities.
The 40 Days of Action were just the beginning of a multi-year campaign in New York and throughout the country. Phase II is underway, focusing on deep-dive grassroots organizing, political education, and taking action around the campaign’s demands.
To get involved in New York:
Sign up at poorpeoplescampaign.org
Learn more: Read The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America - an empirical study that brings us toward an honest confrontation with our own history, drawing on academic research and the testimonies of those harmed by systemic racism, poverty, militarism and ecological devastation.
For New York-specific testimonies and statistics, also read the report of the Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State, coordinated by Labor-Religion Coalition in 2017.
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