Poor People's Campaign

Ohio is among 10 states holding actions on way to June 18th Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls

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The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival continues its march toward Washington with an in-person march and rally on Monday, March 14th, in Cleveland as the PPC:NCMR demands that this nation adopt policies that lift from the bottom. 

The Ohio Poor People’s Campaign, along with representatives from campaigns from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan will march and rally as part of a Mobilization Tour stop on the way to the Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls

The program will be live streamed here

The priorities and demands of poor and low-wealth Ohioans will be front and center as they take on the lie of scarcity and put forward a Third Reconstruction agenda that demands, among other things: updating the poverty measure to reflect the real cost of living; enact a living wage and guarantee the right of all workers to form and join unions and guarantee quality health care for all. 

Poverty is not a personal choice but a policy choice and even before COVID, these policies were killing and hurting people, with 250,000 dying from poverty each year in the US. 

The action, which will call attention to the needs of the 3.8 million poor and low-income people in the state and the 140 million people nationally who were poor or low-income before COVID, begins at 5:00pm at US Bank Plaza.

Marchers will proceed down Euclid Avenue with people carrying banners and chanting. They will then hold a rally at Trinity Cathedral, beginning at 6pm ET. 

The national co-chairs, Bishop William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, will join local leaders and directly impacted speakers for the march and rally. 

The Mobilization Tour will make at least 10 stops nationwide to Mobilize, Organize, Register and Educate people for a movement that votes. Our study tells us that poor and low-income do vote. In the 2020 presidential election, more than 50% of poor and low-income cast their ballot. 

Speakers will demand that this nation do MORE to live up to its possibilities:

  • MORE to fully address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the denial of health care, militarism and the war economy and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism. 
  • MORE to change the narrative and build the power of those most impacted by these injustices. 
  • MORE to realize a Third Reconstruction agenda that can build this country from the bottom up and realize the nation we have yet to be. 

The reality of 140 million people who are poor or low-wealth and just one $400 emergency away from being poor – and who represent every race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, ability and political party and account for 43.5% of the people living in the richest nation in the world – is a moral crisis. 

Other cities on the tour include: Madison, Wisconsin,  Raleigh, North Carolina, Washington, DC, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Memphis and the Delta of Mississippi. 

The June 18th assembly in DC will be a generationally transformative declaration of the power of poor and low-wealth people and our moral allies to say that this system is killing ALL of us and we can’twe won’twe refuse to be silent anymore!

“It is NOT just a day of action. It is a declaration of an ongoing, committed moral movement to 1) shift the moral narrative; 2) build power; and 3) make real policies to fully address poverty and low wealth from the bottom up.”

—Bishop William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival