As part of the call for a New Poor People’s Campaign, leaders across struggles for human rights and dignity are coming together to create a Truth Commission on the Right Not to Be Poor. As our government and the news media become less and less reliable sources of information, we have to work together to seek out the truth about the crises we’re facing.

This Truth Commission will happen through a series of tribunals, community hearings, public actions, and listening tours. With it, we will connect the experiences and insight of people on the front lines of the fight for survival. Through this process, the Truth Commission will play a significant role in developing the national platform of the New Poor People’s Campaign.

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Rev. Dr. King listens as a woman speaks in a crowded classroom.

Rev. Dr. King visited Marks, Mississippi while preparing for the Poor People’s Campaign. He deeply moved by the testimony he heard there, and Marks became the launching point for one of the caravans to Resurrection City in D.C. In the lead-up to the Poor People’s Campaign, Rev. Dr. King traveled around the country: from Mississippi to Chicago to Memphis, seeking the truth about the problems poor people were facing.

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We are assembling a network of commissioners representing organizations, campaigns, and other efforts with deep relationships to the poor and dispossessed of our country. Twenty of these commissioners have agreed to constitute a Standing Commission for 2017. Learn more about the members of the Standing Commission.

Want to know more about “The Right to Not Be Poor”? Interested in why we’ve decided to form this Truth Commission? Read a more in-depth explanation.

To make this Truth Commission work, we need to help commissioners travel to communities around the country. Make a donation to help with transportation costs.


Upcoming Truth Commission Events

The People’s Tent Revival – Chicago

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017: 1pm to 7pm

Where: Chicago, IL

Hosted by Blocks Together, this Truth Commission event and Revival will bring together poor and dispossessed people from all across Chicago to build unity, dance, learn about the Poor People’s Campaign (then and now), and share knowledge and skills.

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Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State

When: June 1st, July 8th, and September 12th

Where: Cuba, Schenectady, and Long Island, NY

Organized by the Labor-Religion Coalition of NY, this series of truth commissions will expose the reality of poverty all across the state of New York.

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Past Truth Commission Events

World Meeting of Popular Movements

When: February 2017

Where: Modesto, CA

Pope Francis has called for, and the Vatican has organized, a series of meetings to bring together popular movements from around the world. The New Poor People’s Campaign sent a delegation to the recent US Regional meeting held in Modesto, California.

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The People’s Revival – Grays Harbor County, WA

When: Thursday, May 4th 2017: 5pm – 8pm

Where: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (The Red Door Church) @ 400 E 1st St. in Aberdeen, WA

Chaplains on the Harbor is a hosting a People’s Revival in Aberdeen, Washington:

“Are you broke? Are you tired of hearing it’s all your own fault? THEN THIS IS THE REVIVAL FOR YOU. We won’t convert your religion. We WILL convert Grays Harbor County into a place where ALL people have a shot at a decent life.”

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United Not Blighted: Baltimore’s 20/20 Vision

When: May 13th from 2pm-5pm

Where: The Baltimore War Memorial: 101 N Gay St, Baltimore, MD

“United Not Blighted” is a community event in Baltimore supporting United Workers’ 20/20 vision for the city, which includes funding for Community Land Trusts and to support urban agriculture and green space. Truth Commissioners will come from around the country to hear testimony about housing, displacement, and how people across Baltimore are coming up with and fighting for solutions to the problems in their city.

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