The Poor People’s Campaign is a moral revival from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement created by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Campaign fights systemic racism, the war economy, ecological issues, and poverty.
Among the actions on Monday included a rally in Trenton on the front steps of the New Jersey Statehouse Annex. The protesters attended a New Jersey State Senate hearing in order to call for a moral budget that doesn’t disproportionately impact the poor.
Some of the protestors’ demands included:
addressing and pushing for universal single-payer healthcare,
climate justice, and
equitable access to clean water and energy. Many signs read “Global Warming is Violence.”
Some of the NJ protesters were arrested but there is no definitive number available of the total number of people arrested.
However, New Jersey legislators from both parties has opposed clean energy and a ban on toxic fracking waste. This opposition signals how now is the time for Poor People’s Campaign to thrive and enact actual change for a livable future.
Trenton was not the only city which held a rally. In Washington D.C., 120 protesters gathered on the Capitol Lawn where several spoke of their mission. Demonstrators carried a large wooden casket and planted grave markers on the lawn, symbolizing the deaths of poor Americans due to lack of affordable health care and ecological devastation. Twenty-eight protesters were arrested.
There were also protests in Albany, Baltimore, Jefferson City, Topeka, and Springfield.
Another opportunity to help New Jerseyans living in poverty access affordable housing and end their homelessness is the annual Congressional Reception planned for Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
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.