The Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. May 14 is the launch of the campaign’s 40 days of action and advocacy in state capitols and in Washington, DC.
The original 1968 Poor People’s Campaign was a multicultural, multi-faith coalition planned by Martin Luther King. It brought thousands of Americans living in poverty to the national mall to demand better living conditions and higher wages.
Organizers of the new Poor People’s Campaign say 50 years later, King’s dream remains unfulfilled and those demands largely unmet. So demonstrators are kicking off 40 days of nonviolent direct action.
The 40 Days of Action will involve public witnesses at more than 30 statehouses and the U.S. Capitol calling for voting rights protections, programs to address poverty, attention to ecological devastation and measures to curb militarism and the war economy. Each week of the 40 days of action will have an issue focus.