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Mass Poor Peoples Assembly and March on Washington

When: Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Location in Washington DC • details forthcoming • Washington

United for Peace and Justice is an endorsing partner of the Poor People’s Campaign, an innovative effort to connect issues of of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy.  The Poor People’s campaign recently announced an assembly and march in Washington. D.C. on June 20, 2020.  Their launch announcement is below.

On this anniversary of the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign in 1967, we are more urgently committed than ever to building a broad and deep national moral movement – rooted in the leadership of poor people – to unite our country from the bottom up.

Over the next 200 days, we are going to Mobilize, Organize, Register and Educate all across the country towards a Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020. Today our registration is LIVE!

RSVP HERE

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On June 20, 2020, we rise to speak truth, to challenge the distorted moral narrative, and to call this nation to the ethic of love and justice. We demand action.

We know the poor and dispossessed of this country must organize to address systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism.

The question isn’t how much it costs to address these moral issues, but what it costs us not to.

When there are 140 million poor, 43% of a nation, who are poor and low-income, in a country this rich, we must RISE! When over 250,000 people a year, over 600 people a day, die from poverty and low wealth, we must RISE!

If the rejected millions—the poor without health insurance, without living wages, without clean water, without voting protections—unite, we can move the moral and political  imagination of this country and revive the heart of the nation!

If you believe this movement is important, join us with your financial support by becoming a monthly sustainer or making a one-time donation.

We have solutions that will work. The only scarcity we need to worry about is the scarcity of will. We are building  power for a long-term moral fusion movement from the ground up, from Appalachia to Alabama, Kentucky to California, from the Deep South to the Wheat Belt.
 
Jacqueline, somebody is hurting our people and it’s gone on far too long. We won’t…We can’t…We refuse to be silent anymore. We must rise in the public square, in pulpits, in the voting booths, in state capitols and in the Congress.
 
Together we must rise!
 
Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II and Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis

President of Repairers of the Breach & Director of the Kairos Center

Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

 

We Must Do M.O.R.E. National Tour

 

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The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is organizing a 22-state “We Must Do M.O.R.E.” Tour from September 2019 to May 2020. This tour will lead into the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, where thousands of poor people and moral agents will gather at the nation’s capitol on June 20, 2020 to demonstrate their power. We will demand the implementation of our Moral Agenda and call all people of conscience to engage in deeply moral civic engagement and voting that cares about poor and low-wealth people, the sick, immigrants, workers, the environment, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and peace over war. 

Rather than through the limited framework of left or right, we will draw on our deepest constitutional, religious and moral values to challenge both political parties to address an economy that isn’t working for most of us. Systemic racism is dangerously impacting our democracy from voter suppression to denial of immigrant and indigenous rights. 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, and political party and account for 43.5% of the people living in the richest nation in the world — is a moral crisis.  

While Democrats have championed the middle class and Republicans have promoted tax cuts and corporate welfare, poor and low-wealth people have not heard their names or condition in American public life for the past 40 years. This has occurred, even as the gap between the rich and the poor has grown to match levels of inequality unseen since the Great Depression. 

It is no accident that, despite both parties appealing to their bases, the single largest voting block in American politics is those who did not vote at all in the 2016 elections. The current system does not work for the poor and they make up the majority of non-voters. 

The “We Must Do M.O.R.E.” Tour will shine a light on the conditions of those most impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.

9-MONTH, 20 PLUS STATE “WE MUST DO M.O.R.E.” TOUR

  • El Paso, TX — Monday, Sept. 16 to Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
  • Greenville/Greensboro, NC — Friday, Sept. 27 to Monday, Sept. 30, 2019
  • Portland, ME — Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
  • Concord, NH — Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
  • Louisiana — Oct., 2019
  • Kentucky — Friday, Oct. 25 to Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
  • Oakland/San Francisco, CA — Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019
  • Charleston, SC — Friday, Jan. 10 to Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
  • Des Moines, IA — Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
  • Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
  • Roxbury, MA — Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
  • Rochester, NY — Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
  • Mobile/Selma/Birmingham, AL — Friday, Feb. 28 to Monday, March 2, 2020
  • Little Rock, AR — Friday, March 6 to Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Aberdeen/Olympia, WA — Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Springfield, MO — Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Topeka, KS — Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Flint, MI — Friday, April 3 to Monday, April 6, 2020
  • Milwaukee, WI — Thursday, April 16, 2020
  • Dayton, OH — Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • Pennsylvania — Saturday, April 25, 2020
  • Mississippi Delta/Memphis, TN — Friday, May 15 to Monday, May 18, 2020
  • Arizona, Nevada — TBA
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