"Poor people may not run the United States, but we make it run."

We are just 31 days away from the launch of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival!

On Tuesday, leaders of the campaign gathered in Washington D.C. from around the country to release a groundbreaking report and call to action. Watch the powerful press conference here.

The Souls of Poor Folk Audit documents how Americans are impacted by systemic racism, poverty, militarism, ecological devastation, and a distorted morality.  Along with the audit, the campaign released a Moral Agenda Based on Fundamental Rights, which puts forth demands for 40 days of coordinated nonviolent direct action that will launch the campaign this Mother's Day.


New York was well represented. NYS Poor People's Campaign co-chair Rev. Claudia de la Cruz said: "Poor people may not run the United States, but we make it run. We're ready to shut it down with our bodies, for the simple fact that our bodies are on the line every day because of policies that are created to kill us."

Watch Rev. de la Cruz last Saturday in New York City: "There is no shame in being poor. Those who create the condition of poverty should feel all the shame in the world. We cannot stand by and watch anymore." Help spread the word by sharing the video on Facebook and Twitter.

As the work moves forward nationally, the New York campaign is also busy preparing for the 40 Days of Action in our state.

You’re invited to join a statewide webinar on Wednesday, April 18, 7-8:30 pm. This webinar will provide an update on the campaign in New York State, an overview of the upcoming 40 Days of Action, and ways for people in any part of New York to get involved.

Click here to register. (Even if you can’t make it, you’ll receive a recording of the webinar if you register.)

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Upcoming Events


April 13 - Albany - College of Saint Rose - #IAmPoorPeoplesCampaign March
1pm: Start at 432 Western Ave, march to NYS Capitol
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April 17 - Albany - UAlbany Speakout on Poverty
7:30pm: University at Albany Campus Center West Boardroom
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April 19 - Rochester - Truth Commission on Poverty
5:30pm: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1549 Dewey Ave, Rochester
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April 21 - Elmira - Community Meeting
1-2:30pm - IBEW Office, 415 W Second St, Elmira

April 22 - Saratoga Springs - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
4:30-8pm: Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs
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April 24 - ONLINE - Fifty Years of Standing Up for Justice: Members of the LGBTQIA Community Discuss Their Work on The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
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April 25 - NYC - Forum on Militarism and Social Justice
6-8pm: Lafayette Ave Presbyterian Church, 85 S Oxford St., Brooklyn

April 25 - Schenectady - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
5:30-8:30pm: Mt Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, 1068 Park Ave, Schenectady
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April 26 - Cuba - Western Southern Tier Meeting and Regional Planning
6:30-8:30pm: Cuba Cultural Center, 38 East Main St, Cuba
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April 28 - Ithaca - Truth Commission on the Right Not to Be Poor
3-6pm: Southside Community Center, 305 S Plain St, Ithaca
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April 28 - Buffalo - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
1-4pm: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St, Buffalo
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UPDATED - April 29 - Watertown - Meeting and Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
2-5:30pm: Emmanuel Congregational Church, 119 South Hamilton St, Watertown
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April 29 - Ithaca - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
1-6pm: First Baptist Church, 309 N Cayuga St, Ithaca
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May 1 - Albany - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
6-9pm: SEIU1199, 155 Washington Ave, Albany
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May 2 - NYC - Multifaith Strategies for Nonviolent Direct Action
9am-5pm: The Interfaith Center of New York, 475 Riverside Dr, Suite 540, New York
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May 5 - Syracuse - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
10am-5pm: Atonement Lutheran Church, 116 W Glen Ave, Syracuse
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May 5 - Ithaca - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
10am-3pm: First Unitarian Society Annex, 208 E. Buffalo St, Ithaca
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May 7 - Rochester - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
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May 8 - Millerton - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Training
5:30pm-8:30pm: The Annex at Northeast-Millerton Public Library
24 Century Blvd, Millerton
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Other trainings are in the works for the Lower Hudson Valley and NYC. Follow our Facebook page for the latest details.

Thank you for your commitment to building this movement. We look forward to working together toward a moral revival in New York and the nation!