The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Kicks Off National Tour in Charlotte
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will co-lead a Moral Revival mass meeting with moral leaders and organizers in Charlotte, followed by a major address by Rev. Barber about the impacts of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation across the U.S.
CHARLOTTE — On Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 pm at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 232 Skyland Ave. moral leaders and organizers will kick off a 15-state Moral Revival mass meeting and public event tour in Charlotte, to address the impacts of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation in North Carolina and across the U.S. The event will be available via livestream (www.breachrepairers.org/lives
The events are being co-led by Repairers of the Breach, the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, grassroots organizations, local faith leaders, the poor, other people of conscience as well as the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
In addition to North Carolina, public events will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Aug. 15), Topeka, Kansas (Aug. 21), Louisville, Kentucky (Aug. 24), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Aug. 28), Detroit, Michigan (Sept. 5), Birmingham, Alabama (Sept. 12), Los Angeles, California (Sept. 19), Chicago, Illinois (Oct. 12), Binghamton, New York (Oct. 17), Boston, Massachusetts (Oct. 19), El Paso, Texas (Oct. 22), Seattle, Washington (Nov. 6), Jackson, Mississippi (Nov. 13), and the District of Columbia (Dec. 4).
“We must shift the moral narrative in our nation. This movement intentionally addresses systemic racism, poverty, environmental degradation, the war economies, the negative impact on fulfilling the promises of our democracy, and the call of fundamental human rights,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. “As our social fabric is stretched thin by widening income inequality, politicians criminalize the poor, fan the flames of racism and xenophobia to divide the poor, and steal from the poor to give tax breaks to the rich and budget increases to a bloated military. At such a time as this, we need a Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Revival to help us become the nation we’ve not yet been,” he said.
“These are difficult and dangerous days,” said the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. “One in two Americans are poor or low-income. Immigrants, Muslims, homeless people, and youth are under attack. Upwards of 32 million people will lose their health care under Trumpcare. Sixty-five million workers make less than $15/hour and some states are actually lowering their minimum wages. Millions of people are living without clean water and sanitation services. Voting rights are being suppressed and wars are waging across the world and intensifying. These and many other crises mean it is urgent we build a Poor People’s Campaign today,” she said.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is co-organized by Repairers of the Breach, the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, the Popular Education Project, and over 40 local and national partners.
This organizing effort is building a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor and dispossessed and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up. The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction and related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. It draws on the history, vision and unfinished work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967/68 Poor People’s Campaign that called for a “revolution of values” in America, inviting people who had been divided to stand together against the “triplets of evil”— systemic racism, poverty, and militarism – to insist that people need not die from poverty in the richest nation to ever exist.
Moral Revival Mass Meeting
Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. ET
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 232 Skyland Ave.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Pres. and Sr. Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach; Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church; Architect, Moral Mondays Movement; Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Director, Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, National Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival