Congress Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we having a Poor People’s Moral Action Congress? 
The Poor People’s Moral Action Congress will convene in our nation’s capital a year after we launched the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival with 40 days of Moral Fusion Direct Action. We plan to convene in Washington D.C. every June to make our voices heard and then return to the states to organize, educate, and take action together.

The goals of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival are to:

  1. shift the narrative,
  2. impact elections and policies, and
  3. build power among the 140 million poor peoples in the United States.

The Poor People’s Moral Action Congress is the next step in reaching our goals. We will launch our moral and constitutional budget, hold a forum with Presidential candidates, organize a hearing on Capitol Hill in order to force our national discourse (including our elected officials and media) to focus on the real moral issues of our day:

  • voting rights,
  • health care,
  • housing,
  • equitable education,
  • indigenous sovereignty,
  • living wage jobs and the right to join a union,
  • clean air and water,
  • an end to gun proliferation and war mongering and other issues in our moral agenda

Who should come? Why should I come to Congress? What will we get out of Congress?
Poor and impacted people, moral leaders and clergy, leaders from State Coordinating Committees, national partner organizations, labor unions, endorsing national faith bodies, organizers, activists and advocates and all those interested in bringing about a moral revival and social transformation should plan to come to this historic gathering.

We will hold plenary sessions and workshop tracks, deepening our understanding of interlocking injustices, what is will take and what are the benefits of enacting our demands, and exchange experiences among state and national leaders on how to build a moral fusion movement today. We will have the opportunity to keep building out different components of the Campaign – around legal strategy, national faith bodies, theomusicology and movement cultural arts, media and documentation, and a new model of organizing that is developing through our movement work. We will welcome new people into this movement.

All will return to our communities and organizations to continue building power and readying ourselves to organize a massive Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington in June 2020 to force the nation to pay attention to: widespread voter suppression, entrenched and far-reaching poverty, the destruction of lives and livelihoods because of climate chaos and ecological devastation, endless violence and war, and a distorted moral narrative that blames the poor for their poverty, pits people against each other, and claims there is scarcity when we live in a world of abundance, right in the middle of the 2020 Presidential election. We will ready ourselves for more organizing, taking action together, and registering people for a movement that votes.

When is the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress?
The Congress will officially kick off at 12:00 pm on Monday, June 17 and will end at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Please arrive at 11:00 am to receive lunch on Monday.

Where will it take place?
Washington, DC. The Congress will convene on the campus of Trinity Washington University, not far from the Brookland/Catholic University Metro Stop. If you are flying, the closest airport is Washington National (DCA) (with easy Metro access to Trinity). Baltimore Washington International/Thurgood Marshall airport is further away but also accessible to Washington, DC.

What’s going to happen at the Congress?
During the Congress, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will launch the Poor People’s Moral Budget that shows concretely how to enact the demands of the Campaign. We will hold a Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates when poor people from across the country will ask questions about the issues that impact their lives and we will hold a Hearing from those most impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism who are coming together to organize a movement. On the second day of Congress, participants will join workshops or longer tracks to learn how and why we are building a moral fusion movement.

Click here to view the program.

What about housing?
Dorm style housing will be available both at Trinity Washington University and Howard University (less than 1 mile from Trinity). Housing rates can be found by clicking here. Prices are different depending on whether you are requesting a room for 2 or 3 days and a double room or a single room in shared suites.

How do I register and what is included with registration?
Click here to register and pay for optional housing.

Registration includes admission to all general sessions, workshops and trainings; all seven meals from lunch on Monday June 17 to lunch on Wednesday June 19; and local transportation to and from Howard University and Trinity Washington University.

Can I register for one day?
One day registration is available for Tuesday, June 18th only. The cost is $90.00.

What about childcare?
Childcare will be provided from 9am to 5pm for children who are over 2 years old and are potty trained. Children under 2 are welcome to stay with a parent or guardian during Congress. It is a child friendly space.

Will there be Spanish interpretation?
All full group sessions, including the plenaries, the launch of the moral budget, the forum with presidential candidates, and the hearing, will have simultaneous Spanish interpretation. You will receive a follow-up questionnaire after you register. Please check “yes” under the question “Will you need Spanish interpretation?” We will contact you for additional information about interpretation at the workshops and tracks.

Will there be ASL interpretation?
All full group sessions, including the plenaries, the launch of the moral budget, the forum with presidential candidates, and the hearing, will have simultaneous ASL interpretation. You will receive a follow-up questionnaire after you register. Please check “yes” under the question “Will you need ASL interpretation?” We will contact you for additional information about interpretation at the workshops and tracks.

Will there be access for Hard of Hearing Participants?
Yes. We will provide Assistive Listening Devices for Hard of Hearing participants upon request at all full group sessions, including the plenaries, the launch of the moral budget, the forum with presidential candidates, and the hearing. You will receive a follow-up questionnaire after you register. Please check “yes” under the question “Will you need Assistive Listening Devices?” We will contact you for additional information about devices available at the workshops and tracks.

Who do I contact about other Accessibility Needs for Congress? 
Please register for the Congress and note your access needs on the registration form as soon as possible. You may also contact kjsmith67@gmail.com with questions about access needs and requests. The Campaign will make every effort to meet requested needs for accessibility, however the sooner we receive these requests the more likely we will be able to provide them.

Where can I park?
Parking at Trinity Washington University is free and will be first come first serve. There will be a back-up parking location in walking distance to Trinity Washington University. People housed at Howard University should park there. Parking is $10/day at Howard University.

Are there discount codes available for travel support?

Delta Airlines Discount (between 2% and 10% off) – CLICK HERE

  • You can also book flights by calling the Delta Meeting Network at 1.800.328.1111 Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. — 7:30 p.m. (CT).
  • The Meeting Event Code for the PPC Congress is NY2U3.

Rental Vehicle Discounts – CLICK HERE 

  • Alamo, budget, and Enterprise/National
  • Other discounts to be aware of: Costco, AAA, AARP

SuperShuttle Discounts – CLICK HERE 

  • This is a discount for shared rides and ExecuCar services for those looking at SuperShuttle to transport them from BWI, Reagan National Airport and Dulles Airport to Trinity Washington University or Howard University.
  • The discount code is 294BF