News and Events - April 2019

News and Events - April 2019

Poor People's Campaign Freedom School Bus Tour

April 4-9, the NYS Poor People's Campaign traveled across Western and Central New York on a National Emergency Freedom School Bus Tour, where we learned about past and present struggles for justice in Buffalo, Geneseo, Elmira, Enfield, Ithaca, Auburn, and Syracuse. Our trip shined a light on the emergencies facing our communities - including farmworker exploitation, food insecurity, mass incarceration, and displacement - as well as the rich history of abolitionist struggle in our state.

Check out press coverage of our Elmira Poor People's Hearing, visit to the Harriet Tubman house in Auburn, and tour of Syracuse and see photos and a recap of each stop on the NY PPC blog.

We're also holding a report-back webinar on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 pm. RSVP to hear more about what we experienced and what it means for continuing to build a movement in New York.

Capital Region Joins Statewide Day of Action to Demand Change in Statewide Budget Priorities

Capital Region Joins Statewide Day of Action to Demand Change in Statewide Budget Priorities

On Monday, March 18, members of the New York Poor People’s Campaign marched from the Social Security Administration to the Rennselaer Social Services Agency to bring attention to the New York State budget’s underfunding of social programs, even as inequality and poverty devastate Troy, and urban and rural communities throughout the state. The demonstration was part of a statewide day of action across New York, demanding the state government change course and prioritize ending systemic racism, poverty, militarism and ecological devastation. Other actions took place in Elmira, Hempstead, and New York City.

Gospel of the Outsiders: Homily for the New York State Council of Churches Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Gospel of the Outsiders: Homily for the New York State Council of Churches Ecumenical Advocacy Days

We are gathered this morning in a state and nation that is divided. To say we are divided has become almost a cliché. The news and our social media feeds are full of people talking about our divisions - between red states and blue, left and right, between religion, race and nationality. In the last few weeks two New York State Senators have even proposed dividing New York in two, because - they say - upstate and NYC are too different to co-exist.

Faith for Decarceration Toolkit

Faith for Decarceration Toolkit

On any given day there are 25,000 New Yorkers in jails across the state. Almost 70 percent haven't been convicted of any crime, but are locked up awaiting trial because they can't post bail. Pre-trial detention - which can last months and even years - has devastating consequences for those detained and their families. Communities of color and the poor bear the brunt of this injustice.

Migration and Borders - Online Conversation

Migration and Borders - Online Conversation

Many have been following closely and actively engaging in support work for the migrant caravan at the US Southern Border, and many of us have been part of immigrant rights struggles for years.

On Wednesday, December 19th, at 12pm we hosted an online conversation to discuss the current moment in the context of these historical struggles - How did we get here? What is new and different in this moment, and what is a continuation of previous migrations and human rights struggles? What organizing is ongoing, and how can we best support from New York?

Statement of Becca Forsyth - Elmira Poor People's Campaign & Mothers Out Front Southern Tier

Statement of Becca Forsyth - Elmira Poor People's Campaign & Mothers Out Front Southern Tier

Hi, everyone! My name is Becca Forsyth and I'm here representing Mothers Out Front Southern Tier and the Elmira Poor People’s Campaign. We are a small group that is a part of a National Call for Moral Revival. In the 1960s, Martin Luther King called on us to stand against what he called the triplets of evil- systemic racism, poverty and the war economy. Today, we revive this call and add to the list the evil that is ecological devastation and a distorted moral narrative.

We are shifting the narrative by shifting the narrator.