January 14, 2021
Revs. Barber & Theoharis hold news conference; reporters can register here.
WHAT: On MLK Day, moral and religious leaders will join the co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival for a Moral Monday program, including a news conference, in a call for light, love and leadership in these perilous times of a pandemic and political chaos. The co-chairs also will announce plans for Moral Monday programs after the inauguration.
WHO: Moral and religious leaders join Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign, presenting the actions and agenda the nation needs to embrace, heal and go forward.
WHEN: News conference at 10 a.m. ET Monday, Jan. 18, followed at 1 p.m. ET by a national interfaith service of light, love and leadership.
WHY: As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris assume the offices of president and vice president of the country, and as members of the U.S. Congress take their place as legislative leaders, we ask all persons of faith and moral conscience to pray for our new national leaders and call on them to embrace the 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation: A Moral and Economic Agenda for the first 100 days. The country must hear from moral and religious leaders that the only way forward is to build the beloved community with a national commitment to love tied to justice; light grounded in truth; and leadership rooted in a moral agenda.
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.
CONTACT: Martha Waggoner: [email protected] | 919-295-0802