Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

God has called God’s people to work for justice and on behalf of the poor for more than 2,000 years. Micah’s call (6:8) is the basis of our vision. The 2017 General Assembly heard this call in the plans for the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and answered with adoption of a resolution to support this effort based on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,  Jr.’s original campaign 50 years ago. 

Next steps

April 15, 2019

The Poor People’s Moral Action Congress is taking shape for June 17-19, 2019. An opening worship is being planned for Sunday evening, June 16. Included in the activities will be: the release of the Moral Budget, a forum with presidential candidates, a Freedom School for leaders and a congressional hearing for impacted individuals to share their experiences. Some very low cost housing options are available and the registration fee will be covering food and local transportation.

Feb. 25, 2019 Announcement

Phase 2 of the PPC remains focused on the goal of organizing the 140 million poor folks in our country who live paycheck to paycheck.  In order to defeat the evils of racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the distorted moral narrative, in Phase 2 we are leading with a few key upcoming events and projects.  First, we are launching a National Emergency Truth and Poverty Tour beginning March 28th through the month of April (see below to sign up). In 28 states, PPC will tour locations in order to amplify the real emergency in this country.  We will also be developing a moral budget that will be shared after the tours.  Then, we will gather from June 17-20 in Washington DC for the People’s Moral Action Congress.  Following this congress, the Rev. Dr. Barber and Rev. Dr. Theoharis will tour approximately 20 states. In June 2020, we will return to Washington D.C. for the Poor People’s Assembly and March on Washington.

Video that was shared in the briefing.

Please also see the Poor People’s Audit, which frames the work of Phase 2 as well as the press conference.

2019 Spring Bus Tours

The Poor People’s Campaign is organizing statewide tours in 28 states as part of the National Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour from March 28th through the month of April to amplify the real emergency in this country of 140 million poor and low-wealth people who live paycheck to paycheck.  We are inviting faith communities and faith leaders to engage in this tour by signing up to support using this form.  Then, someone from the Faith Team of the Poor People’s Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival will follow-up to make the local connections.  Help us all tell the truth about the real emergency in this country!  Fill out the form here

Voter registration

Beginning in July 2018, Repairers of the Breach and the Poor People’s Campaign are calling for an end to voter supression and a renewed effort for voter registration. You can watch a video of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber  here.

Regional ministers from Oklahoma, Mid-America, Greater Kansas City, Great River, Illinois/Wisconsin, Indiana and Nebraska appeared at the Arkansas State House in May in support of the Poor People’s Campaign.

First efforts during 40 Days of Advocacy …

Go to the  Disciples Public Presence Facebook page to find many examples of Disciples in action during the initial May-June rallies. (Scroll down for worship resources and more.)

Most up-to-date information

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Facebook page  |  Repairers of the Breach Facebook page

Sign up for local action information

 Interactive map to find an event near you

Worship resources

Disciples-specific liturgical tool kit (Google doc) Contact  Peter Heltzel if you would like to join in Tuesday discussion calls.

Week 1 (May 13) litany

 Week 2 (May 20) litany

 Week 2 (May 20) liturgical took kit

 Week 3 (May 27) liturgical tool kit

Week 4 (June 3) liturgical tool kit

Weeks 4 and 5 litanies

Week 5 (June 10) liturgical tool kit

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Disciples’ reflections

Recordings/videos

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II’s sermon for May 13 mass meeting

Recording of Washington DC May 13 mass meeting (Facebook)

National Council of Churches’ video, featuring Rev. Terri Hord Owens

“The Poor People’s Campaign Ramps Up Nationwide” via Splinter

“Rev. William Barber: U.S. Policies on Healthcare, Poverty Are Immoral & a Threat to Democracy” via Democracy Now!

Demands and principles

A Moral Agenda Based on Fundamental Rights

Fundamental Principles of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Other Resources

Souls of Poor Folks – audit of civil rights 50 years after the original Poor People’s Campaign

Kairos Center study materials – includes links to articles and papers

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