WHAT: On the last day of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, clergy of various faiths will hold a news conference titled: “The Lies of Trump Are Too Much: We Can’t Be Silent.” Speakers include Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, who was invited to speak at the news conference by the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice and the North Carolina Poor People’s Campaign.
WHO: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, along with Rev. Glencie Rhedrick, Imam John Ederer, Rabbi Judith Schindler, Bishop Tonyia Rawls and people hurt by the lies and distortions of the Trump administration. The clergy will list some of the lies told by Trump about policies and how those policies are devastating people of color and poor and low-income people.
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Eastern/9:30 a.m. Pacific Thursday, Aug. 27
WHERE: Charlotte Government Center, 600 E 4th St., Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202. Or join online at www.breachrepairers.org
WHY: The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is non-partisan but it is political. We will not sit by silently while the RNC claims that the GOP appeals to people of faith and so-called “real Americans” when we know that its policies only cause hurt and pain. Franklin Graham is scheduled to address the RNC on Thursday, and this group will provide a unified, diverse counterpoint from people of faith to Graham’s divisive view of religion and politics.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org