October 24, 2020
WHAT: A special Instagram Live Moral Monday Digital March on McConnell led by GenNOW students and young adults in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Young people are rising up to say that our time is now and that we will not be silent anymore! We will continue the massive call-in to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s offices in Kentucky and Washington, D.C., to stop the Senate majority leader’s misery, meanness and mayhem, especially his abdication of leadership by refusing to negotiate a COVID-19 stimulus package in the days before the election.
WHO: The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, co-chaired by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, along with include testimonies, spoken word and art from young people hurt by systemic racism, poverty and their interlocking injustices. Youth leaders will speak to why it is important to not only vote in this moment but to organize and mobilize in the midst of so many injustices.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Eastern/12:30 p.m. Pacific Monday, Oct. 26
WHY: The goal of PPC:NCMR GenNOW is to mobilize, organize, register, educate (M.O.R.E.) students and young adults into the movement that votes. We are led by young people impacted by systemic racism, poverty, militarism and the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. Young people are disproportionately impacted by poverty in the US. Half of the children under 18 are poor or low-income. With 1 in 5 children lacking access to a computer as of April 2020, the pandemic is exposing and more deeply entrenching structural inequality. And young people are still leading movements across the nation to dismantle systemic racism and poverty. We want to empower ourselves and others to build a new electorate of impacted youth, poor and low-income people of all races, religions, sexualities, and geographies to vote and organize around a moral agenda to transform our nation.
**The event will be 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 protected]