Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington
WhenMonday, 20th July 2020
WherePoor People's Campaign , Washington, D.C., United States
On June 20, 2020 people from all over America will rise together as a powerful moral fusion movement to demand the implementation of the 'Moral Agenda' by the Poor People's Campaign.
In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a direct cry from the underside of history: The Poor People’s Campaign.
Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this unfinished work. From Alaska to Arkansas, the Bronx to the border, people are coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We understand that as a nation we are at a critical juncture — that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people.
During the summer of 2018, from Mother’s Day to the Summer Solstice, poor people and moral witnesses in 40 states committed themselves to a season of direct action to launch the Campaign. What ensued was the most expansive wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in the 21st century United States. More than a series of rallies and actions, a new organism of state-based movements was born. Now, in over 40 states, the groundwork for a mass poor people’s movement is emerging.
A National Call for Moral Revival
In June 2019, the Poor People's Campaign convened over 1,000 community leaders in Washington, D.C. for the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress, which included the largest presidential candidates’ forum of the pre-debate season, the release of their Poor People’s Moral Budget, and a hearing before the House Budget Committee on the issues facing the 140 million poor and low-income people in the nation. Over the next nine months, they are embarking on a 25-state We Must Do M.O.R.E. Tour (Mobilize, Organize, Register, and Educate), which will lead toward an unprecedented Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020.
In the summer of 2020, this movement will demonstrate the power of poor people to be agents of change in not just one election, but at the very heart of US democracy. In this time of significant danger and real possibility, a moral fusion movement is necessary to revive and advance the most precious vonstitutional and moral values. But this can only happen if those who are impacted link up with other moral leaders and people of conscience to break through the silos of their work and the divisions that have been wrought in their communities.
In the coming year, their ranks will increase as they broaden their efforts and stretch the banner of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival even wider. They rise together because:
- They rise to demand that the 140 million poor and low-wealth people in our nation — from every race, creed, color, sexuality and place — are no longer ignored, dismissed or pushed to the margins of our political and social agenda.
- They rise not as left or right, Democrat or Republican, but as a moral fusion movement to build power, build moral activism, build voter participation, and we won’t be silent any more!
- They rise to change the moral narrative and demand that the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy/militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism all be ended.
- They rise to challenge the lie of scarcity in the midst of abundance.
- They rise to lift the voices and faces of poor and low-wealth Americans and their moral allies with a new vision of love, justice, and truth for America that says poverty can be abolished and change can come.
If you believe it’s time to rise, join them!