If you have yet to hear about the New Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, rooted in a moral analysis based on our deepest religious and constitutional values that demand justice for all. Moral revival is necessary to save the heart and soul of our nation. Its founder and Co-Chair is Bishop William J. Barber, II, who beginning in April 2013, led regular “Moral Mondays” civil-rights protests and nonviolent direct actions in North Carolina’s state capital, Raleigh.
In 2014, he founded “Repairers of the Breach,“ a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that seeks to build a moral agenda rooted in a framework that uplifts our deepest moral and constitutional values to redeem the heart and soul of our country. We challenge the position that the preeminent moral issues are prayer in public schools, abortion, and property rights. Instead, we declare that the moral public concerns of our faith traditions are how our society treats the poor, women, LGBTQ people, children, workers, immigrants, communities of color, and the sick–the people whom Jesus calls “the least of these.” Our moral traditions point to equal protection under the law, the desire for peace within and among nations, the dignity of all people, and the responsibility to care for our common home.
On May 30, 2017, Barber was arrested after refusing to leave the North Carolina State Legislative Building during a protest over Health Care legislation. The following month, a state magistrate banned Barber and the other protesters from entering the Legislative Building. Barber and his lawyers contend that the ban is unconstitutional, because the state constitution guarantees citizens the right to assemble to communicate with their legislators.
In May 2017 Barber announced he would step down from the state NAACP presidency to lead “a New ‘Poor People’s Campaign.'”
When 1 in 2 people in this nation is poor and the news of the day is climate chaos, police brutality, foreign wars, new nuclear weapons, and tax cuts for the wealthy, we need Dr. King’s “revolution of values” and a moral revival in this nation more urgently than ever. It is time not to commemorate Dr. King’s work, but to complete it.
The New Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, is uniting tens of thousands of people across the nation to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality. We need you to step up and join our efforts.
Watch the Launch Video below:
The below short video–America Will Be – Episode 2: Poverty is Violence, illustrates how poverty is violence and what WE can do to end poverty.
Learn more and sign up at this LINK.