Poor People’s Campaign launches 40 days of action
On May 13, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, launched 40 days of nonviolent direct action across the country to confront systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the nation’s distorted moral narrative. Actions involving thousands of people were held in Washington, D.C., and in 35 state capitals. More than 1,000 were arrested for acts of civil disobedience.
Weekly events organized around themes will include mass meetings on Sundays, Moral Monday direct actions, and educational and cultural events. Protests in subsequent weeks will focus on: the persecution of immigrants, systemic racism, xenophobia and the mistreatment of indigenous communities; the war economy and militarism; ecological devastation, and the right to health and a healthy planet; education, living wage jobs, income and housing; and our nation’s distorted moral narrative. These actions will continue in the nation’s capital and around the country through late June, culminating in a mass rally in Washington D.C. in June 23.
The Poor People’s Campaign is also fighting for immigrants’ rights.