Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival & New Programs for Americans in Poverty
On May 14, 2018, the New Jersey Poor People’s Campaign began its annual six weeks of action. This campaign calls for a variety of non-violent organized action for the following:
- Overhaul of U.S. Voting Rights
- New programs for the 140 million Americans in poverty
- Immediate action for ecological devastation
- Measures to curb militarism and the war economy
Today’s Poor People’s Campaign is a national moral movement that originated from the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. It originated with efforts led by civil rights organizations, labor unions, farm workers, and Native American grassroot organizers. Although some of its ideals have slightly changed, the campaign maintains its original vision.
The Poor People’s Campaign is rooted in the leadership of clergy, disenfranchised individuals, and other advocates. The Campaign’s goal is to unite Americans from the bottom up in order to generate social and economic change that supports the common good. There are coalitions in 39 different states across the U.S., which all fight to better society.
On May 14, over 40 rallies took place across the country on the, including in Trenton. The next 40 days will include various non-violent protests and mobilization efforts to further the goals of the Campaign
Rev. Charles Boyer, Co-chair of the New Jersey Poor People’s Campaign, remarked, “It is a moral outrage that in one of the wealthiest states in the country, so many of our neighbors are struggling to survive to meet their most basic needs. We are here today because each of us has a right to a home, to an education, to healthcare, to transportation, and to living wage employment. There are basic human rights.”
When the 40 days conclude, participants of the campaign will mobilize at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. to ensure their message is heard.
Another opportunity to help New Jerseyans living in poverty access affordable housing and end their homelessness is the Congressional Reception planned for July 25.
On July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey Residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Opportunity Starts at Home.
Click here for more information about the Congressional Reception. You can also follow @OppStartsatHome in order to learn more about the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign. Follow the event with these hashtags #NJHillDay #NoHousingCuts and @OppStartsatHome.