The Poor People's Campaign in the Hudson Valley

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival continues to grow here in New York! Over 3,000 people have signed up to take part in our state. If you haven't yet, take the pledge here: poorpeoplescampaign.org

There are a few upcoming opportunities to learn more about how to get involved and to introduce your friends and neighbors to the campaign.

Here's what Rabbi Brent Spodek wrote in his invitation to the community:

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to learn with Reverend William J Barber II , one of the architects of the very successful Moral Monday's campaign in North Carolina and now the co-chair of the revived national Poor People's Campaign, which was begun by Rev Martin Luther King 50 years ago. It was the most hopeful political moment I have had, at least since the 2016 election...

If you want a little more on why I believe in this effort, it's because I don't know if I have ever been as impressed with a moral leader in America as I am with Reverend Barber. I'm inspired both because of the spiritual commitment of the Poor People's Campaign that the most important moral issues of the day are not prayer in public schools, abortion, and property rights. Instead, they insist that our national moral issues are how we treat the vulnerable - poor, women, LGBTQ people, children, workers, immigrants, communities of color, and the sick.

But inspiring speech makers are not that hard to come by. I'm inspired by the results of the campaign. As the president of the North Carolina NAACP, Barber built a fusion coalition which brought together folks from a diverse array of racial, religious and economic backgrounds to help defeat Governor Pat McCrory, a Tea Party darling. I don't want simply to protest or make my voice heard - I want the call of justice to win in the corrupt, gerrymandered inefficient system we have. Barber's approach has won victories in North Carolina, and I think they can do it here as well.  

We hope to see you at one or both of these events and appreciate your help in spreading the word!

Here are a few other ways that you can connect to the campaign in New York: