July 13, 2020
RALEIGH, N.C. — Leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will share highlights of the Poor People’s Moral Justice Jubilee Legislative and Policy Platform, the organization’s moral policy agenda to heal America, during a briefing with members of Congress on Thursday. Top congressional leaders are expected to take part in the briefing, which is grounded in constitutional and moral values and offers concrete solutions to end the ongoing, concurrent crises of systemic racism, systemic poverty, militarism, ecological devastation and the false moral narrative of extreme religious nationalism.
Who: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, director of Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign; and Shailly Gupta Barnes, policy director for Kairos Center and the Poor People’s Campaign
When: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2020
Where: Online. This briefing is only open to the media and invited guests.
Media requests: Please direct media/interview requests to Martha Waggoner at [email protected] or via phone at 919-295-0802.
On June 20, 2020, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s coordinating committees from 45 states and over 200 organizational partners, labor unions and religious denominations came together around the Poor People’s Moral Justice Jubilee Policy Platform. This sweeping platform offers a roadmap for lawmakers to take seriously the moral and Constitutional principles upon which this country was founded: to establish justice, promote the general welfare, ensure domestic tranquility, secure the blessings of liberty and provide for the common defense. A summary of the platform may be found here.
After three years of organizing across 45 states in the country, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the largest online gathering of poor and low-income people in this nation’s history on June 20. Millions of people tuned in to hear the reality facing 140 million people who are poor or low-income in the wealthiest country in the world. Testifiers spoke to the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and a false narrative of extreme religious nationalism that they confront on a daily basis and why they are a part of this Campaign.
Contact: Martha Waggoner | [email protected] | 919-295-0802
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, recently held a generationally transformative digital gathering called the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, on June 20, 2020. At that assembly, we demanded that both major political parties address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism by implementing our Moral Agenda.