August 31, 2020
WHAT: A fifth national Moral Monday March on McConnell to demand that
the Senate majority leader stop the misery, meanness and mayhem created by his refusal to act in the greatest public health crisis of our times. Over the past several weeks, these Moral Mondays from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival have attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers who have flooded McConnell’s phone lines with thousands of calls and will do so again this Monday.
WHO: The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, co-chaired by Rev. Dr. William Barber of Repairers of the Breach and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis of the Kairos Center; tenants’ rights organizers leading rent strikes; a representative of the National Union of the Homeless; and actor Mark Ruffalo.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Eastern/12:30 p.m. Pacific Monday, Aug. 31
WHERE: Join online at www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream
WHY: McConnell and his enablers must stop playing politics with the lives of poor and low-income people, who are being forced out of their homes during a pandemic. Being kicked to the streets during COVID-19 is the ultimate example of McConnell’s misery, meanness and mayhem. As of Aug. 24, the last remaining federal protection established by the CARES Act vanished, leaving an estimated 30 million to 40 million Americans facing eviction. And that number doesn’t include those who could lose their homes from foreclosure. McConnell’s failure to act on a fair stimulus bill that would help millions of Americans keep a roof over their heads shows a lack of empathy that’s shocking even from this politician, an enabler of the Trump administration and all its cruelty.
**The event will be open-captioned and ASL interpreted.
BACKGROUND: The Poor People’s Campaign has released a groundbreaking report titled “Unleashing the Power of Poor and Low-Income Americans: Changing the Political Landscape.” The report shows that poor and low-income people can change the political calculus of this nation in the presidential race in 15 states and 16 U.S. Senate races with just a small uptick in voting. More than 140 million poor and low-income people live in the United States, or 43% of the country’s population, and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, with organizing committees in 45 states, is building a moral fusion movement to address the five interlocking injustices of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism and a distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. Our demands are reflected in our Jubilee Platform.
Martha Waggoner: email@example.com