The Poor People’s Campaign Comes to Santa Fe

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Reverend Barber leads Poor People’s Campaign Kick-Off in ABQ, Aug 15.

Retake Our Democracy leadership has voted unanimously to endorse and organize in support of the Poor People’s Campaign. Indeed, there may well be ways that our alliances with Chainbreaker Collective (Equity Summer), New Energy Economy (100% renewable), and our future support for a Santa Fe public bank create a perfect alignment between the national campaign and local policy. Further, Retake work in Roundhouse Advocacy and our development of a statewide legislative agenda could also be organized to align with the three of the four pillars of the Poor People’s Campaign: racism, poverty, and environmental degradation). Retake is interested in the views of our constituency as to how the fourth pillar, militarism, can have local and state policy implications. Planning for the Santa Fe efforts related to the Poor People’s Campaign will begin on Sept 16 at a Town Hall entirely devoted to sharing information about the campaign and developing local plans to support it.  Below are excerpts from the Poor People’s Campaigns website. Click here for more.

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. The Campaign aims to build a broad and deep national moral movement — rooted in the leadership of poor people and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.

The twin forces of white supremacy and unchecked corporate greed continue to gain more power and influence, both in statehouses across this nation and at the highest levels of our federal government. Today, one in every two Americans are poor or low-income while millions of children and adults continue to live without access to healthcare, housing, clean water, or good jobs.

At the same time, the issues of poverty and racism have been forced to the margins of our moral narrative and claims that a limited focus on personal morality should overshadow and supplant a commitment to public morality rooted in a critique of greed, racism, and injustice.

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will strategically connect and grow different struggles and lift up and deepen the leadership of those most affected to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society. The Campaign will push forward concrete demands, build unity across lines of division, and draw on art, music, and religious traditions to challenge the dominant narrative that blames poor people for poverty.

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018. The two-minute video below describes the new PPC.

Join us in the Poor People’s Campaign, Santa Fe.