October 22, 2020
WHAT: M.O.R.E Arts Unleashed, a music and spoken word concert to inspire all to mobilize, organize, register and educate people as part of the Poor People’s Campaign — the movement that votes.
WHO: Performers include Grammy-nominated Joe Troop, whose song “A Plea to the U.S. Government to Fully Fund the Postal Service” went viral and garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures to save the USPS; and HuDost, a Kentucky-based duo whose song “Our Words Will be Louder” is featured at U2’s online conference this month. Other performers include theomusicologist Yara Allen, Sauuda Eshe’, Freddy Greene “Street Genie” and the NC Justice Band (Bakru Hunsel, Eric “Bobo” Broadway, Gary McCormick, and Rony Thomas); Shyrl Uzzell, Angela Coley, Catina Rosemond, Zemer Lexie Nuell and Petrina “Trina Thoughtz” Bryant, all of North Carolina; Matthew David of Oregon; Lu Aya (The Peace Poets) and Rev. Kazimir Brown of California; B. Soleil of Belize, Raina Sokolov-Gonzales, Charon Hribar of New York, Brian Farrow of the DMV. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, will introduce the program.
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Saturday, Oct. 24
WHERE: Join online at https://vote.poorpeoplescampaign.org
WHY: Music feeds the soul of social justice movements. It inspires us; motivates us and challenges us to take the next steps toward a more just society. With that in mind, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral holds M.O.R.E Arts Unleashed to inspire, motive and challenge people to vote around an agenda that lifts up the voices and lives of poor and low-income people.
**The event will be captioned.
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