The Poor People’s Campaign

photo of demonstration
courtesy Rawearthworks Journal : Peg Hunter Photographer

The Poor People’s Campaign, launched by Rev. William Barber of North Carolina, with faith leaders, unions and a wide range of local organizations around the country, kicked off in May and June with six weeks of coordinated actions in more than 20 state capitals. Each week had a specific focus: Week 1: Somebody’s Hurting Our People: Children, Women and People with Disabilities Living in Poverty; Week 2: Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities; Week 3: The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence; Week 4: The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care; Week 5: Everybody’s Got the Right To Live: Education, Living Wages, Jobs, Income, Housing; Week 6: A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative.  This round of actions culminates with a Global Day of Solidarity and Sending Forth Call to Action Mass Rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 23 (the day before LGBT Freedom Day, if anyone cares).

Author: lagai

LAGAI-Queer Insurrection is one of the oldest radical queer liberation groups in the U.S. We publish UltraViolet, a more or less bimonthly newspaper, which is mailed free of charge to over 1500 people, including over 800 prisoners. Our website is

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