Poor People’s Campaign Spokane Area Coalition Organizing Meeting
3909 W Rowan Ave, Spokane, WA 99205
6:00 – 8:00 meeting
Join our 2nd coalition organizing meeting! All organizations and people wanting to organize for the goals of the campaign in alignment with campaign principles are welcome!
What is the Poor People’s Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival?
- Historically, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., announced the plan for the campaign in December 1967, just months before he was killed, to address the triple evils of racism, poverty, and militarism, by organizing a massive multi-racial poor people’s movement. He called it Phase 2 of the civil rights movement. There are some powerful quotes and more history here: https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/index.php/poor-peoples-campaign-1968/
- Now, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. The meeting we went to in Seattle was one of 14 summits with leaders from 37 states. It’s a state-based, national campaign which will launch this year around the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King.
- Structure: More than 25 states now have coordinating committees. Each coordinating committee has 3 tri-chairs, which must be at least one person of color and at least one person who is living in poverty.
Official campaign launch video – definitely watch this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWyF94XfcZw#action=share
Poor People’s Campaign video about why we need “to change the moral narrative and push toward a Third Reconstruction in America — to challenge the fear and hate-driven agenda of extremists with a deeply moral movement, rooted in love, justice, and mercy for all.”
(4 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlXf7VVF0n8&feature=youtu.be
Preliminary Report: “The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign Challenged Systemic Racism, Poverty, the War Economy/Militarism, Ecological Devastation and Our National Morality”
https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/index.php/audit/ – click the red button to download the pdf
FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES – https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/index.php/fundamental-principles/
- We are 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 democracy.
- We are committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation and to building unity across lines of division.
- We believe in the dismantling of unjust criminalization systems that exploit poor communities and communities of color and the transformation of the “War Economy” into a “Peace Economy” that values all humanity.
- We believe that equal protection under the law is non-negotiable.
- We believe that people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist. Blaming the poor and claiming that the United States does not have an abundance of resources to overcome poverty are false narratives used to perpetuate economic exploitation, exclusion, and deep inequality.
- We recognize the centrality of systemic racism in maintaining economic oppression must be named, detailed and exposed empirically, morally and spiritually. Poverty and economic equality cannot be understood apart from a society built on white supremacy.
- We aim to shift the distorted moral narrative often promoted by religious extremists in the nation from personal issues like prayer in school, abortion, sexuality, gun rights, property rights to systemic injustices like how our society treats the poor, those on the margins, the least of these, women, children, workers, immigrants and the sick; equality and representation under the law; and the desire for peace, love and harmony within and among nations.
- We will build up the power of people and state-based movements to serve as a vehicle for a powerful moral movement in the country and to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society.
- We recognize the need to organize at the state and local level—many of the most regressive policies are being passed at the state level, and these policies will have long and lasting effect, past even executive orders. The movement is not from above but below.
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