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The Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival, is uniting tens of thousands of people across the U.S.A. to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation. A 40-day roll-out of the campaign is taking place May 13-June 23, 2018.

The theme for the week of June 17-23: A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

By 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had begun to press for a movement going beyond civil rights to human rights. His vision for a Poor People’s Campaign was motivated by a desire for economic justice: the idea that all people should have what they need to live. King shifted his focus to these issues after observing that gains in civil rights had not improved the material conditions of life for most African Americans.

This was to be a multiracial effort—including African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and poor Whites—aimed at alleviating poverty regardless of race.

Although Rev. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the Poor People’s Campaign went forward under the leadership of Ralph Abernathy. In early May thousands--including whole families--traveled in nine regional caravans to Washington DC from all over the country. A mule train caravanned by wagon from Mississippi.

After presenting an organized set of demands to Congress and executive agencies, participants set up a protest camp called “Resurrection City” on the Washington Mall. They occupied Resurrection City for six weeks.

On June 19, 1968, the efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign climaxed in the Solidarity Day Rally for Jobs, Peace, and Freedom. Nine regional caravans brought thousands of participants to Washington. Fifty thousand people joined the 3,000 participants living at Resurrection City to rally around the demands of the Poor People’s Campaign on “Juneteenth” 1968, Solidarity Day.
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drfhoule

If only people could stop voting in such a way as to saw off the branch they are sitting on!

judyredhorn

A lot of people are tired of waiting and ready to start fighting! (At least I hope so.)

drfhoule

A lot of people are still waiting for their life to be improved...

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