January 29, 2021
WHAT: On the anniversary of the start of the sit-in movement on February 1 1960, in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Poor People’s Campaign will launch a new series of Moral Mondays to mark the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration. This Monday, we will push Democrats, Republicans and independents to immediately enact a living wage of $15 an hour covering all minimum-wage workers, including tipped workers, and stronger, expanded union rights. We will hold a massive call-in to the offices of Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell as we also demand just COVID relief.
WHO: The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led by our national co-chairs: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will lead the program, titled “To Heal the Nation: Respect Us, Protect Us.” State leaders and activists also will participate.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30pm PT Monday, Feb. 1.
WHERE: Online at https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream/
WHY: Regardless of who’s in power, we must take action in support of the agenda of the poor and low-income people across this country, including the 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation: A Moral and Economic Agenda for the first 100 days. Recent events only embolden our resolve to put an end to policies that leave out the poor and challenge at every turn the narrative that blames poverty on the poor, a narrative with bipartisan support. As we’ve said since launching this campaign, this is not about right vs. left, but about right vs. wrong.
**The event will be ASL interpreted and open captioned.
BACKGROUND: Nationally, 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] | 919-295-0802