The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will be in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, kicking off a national tour to be held across the country in the coming months.
As the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival gains steam this fall with a series of Mass Meetings held throughout the country, the Campaign has begun to receive attention in the press and other media. Here are some of the recent highlights.
Rev. Dr. Barber has answered the call to help lead brigades of ambulance drivers to heal the deep wounds of racism, militarism, and poverty. He has taken up the call to finish the unfinished business of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and build a Poor People’s Campaign for today.
We held a people’s court hearing. We brought evidence of the systemic failure of those in power. The plaintiffs shared story after story after story of the destruction of their lives and community at the hands of those who are charged to serve the very people they oppress. I acted as judge, along with other faith and moral leaders. We found the evidence sufficient to say that the system must go on trial.
April 4th, 2017 marked fifty years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a revolution of values against racism, poverty, and militarism in his historic “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” speech at Riverside Church in New York City. We commemorated the anniversary in a number of ways, but most especially by continuing the call for a New Poor People’s Campaign to unite the poor and dispossessed and take up the unfinished business of Dr. King’s last campaign, the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.
Michael McPhearson of Veterans for Peace writes about the “Triple Evils” of poverty, military, and racism that Rev. Dr. King identified in his Beyond Vietnam speech: How they’re showing themselves today, how they’re connected, and what we need to do to fight them.
Exactly one year before his assassination Rev. Dr. King delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” speech. The speech remains one of the most powerful expressions of his moral commitments, political analysis, and social vision. It also represented a critical step on the road to the Poor People’s Campaign: in denouncing the war King put himself in opposition to the political establishment, Democrat and Republican, instead taking the side of the poor against militarism, racism, and poverty.
Listen to this online discussion on some of the pressing strategic questions we’re facing. Hear from three deeply rooted leaders: Nijmie Dzurinko from Put People First! PA, Roz Pelles from Repairers of the Breach, and Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez from the Popular Education Project about the challenges and opportunities in this moment.