"Before this campaign fails, we’ll all go down to jail,' members of the Poor People’s Campaign have sung in state capitals across the U.S., submitting to the governing authorities as St. Paul did 2,000 years ago. If Sessions wants to have a Bible study in the public square, we’re ready." —Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
There are 140 Million poor and low-income Americans. Many are hiding in plain sight, suffering from food and income insecurity, a lack of healthcare, restricted voting rights (due to felony disenfranchisement or transience) and diminished prospects as inequality has worsened over the last four decades. The shares of Americans who are poor or low-income as measured by the supplemental poverty measure (which takes into account the costs of essentials such as clothing, and government programs that have assisted low-income families and individuals not otherwise designated as poor) are staggering:
51.9 percent of children under the age of 18 (38.2 million children)
40.7 percent of adults between the ages of 18-64 (81.5 million adults)
42.5 percent of our elders over the age of 65 (20.8 million elders)
60.3 percent of Black people (25.9 million people)
Before he was assassinated, in 1968, Martin Luther King was preparing to launch a Poor People’s Campaign to “dramatize the plight of America’s poor of all races and make very clear that they are sick and tired of waiting for a better life.” Now, 50 years later, movement leader and hero Reverend Barber, along with a broad coalition of non-partisan faith, social justice, and progressive groups, is working to fulfill this vision through almost six weeks of nonviolent protests, including arrests. Their timeless work couldn’t be more timely as the Trump administration continues its attacks on the poor - moving to slash SNAP (food stamps), federally subsidized housing, and impose working requirements on welfare recipients.
All-of-us must support the Poor People’s Campaign.
1 Get educated about poverty in your neighborhood. Do some research to figure out what share of kids in your city, county, or state are eligible for free and reduced lunch. The number will probably surprise you.
3 Sign up to support and get involved at the Poor People’s Campaign website.4 Find an event to join on June 23.