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UUA President Announces Support of Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray Shares Unitarian Universalist Association’s Endorsement
Rachel Walden, Communications Specialist
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Washington, D.C. – The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), today will announce the UUA’s support and full participation in the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
At the Washington, D.C. press conference, the Rev. Frederick-Gray will express her strong support for the Poor People’s Campaign. “As people of faith and moral conscience, we must raise our voices and call on our elected officials to work for the good of everyone, not just the rich and privileged. I am proud to stand with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Together, we will hold our leaders accountable as we create a nation – and a world – that is more just, more welcoming, more sustainable for all.”
Tens of thousands of poor and disenfranchised people, clergy and moral leaders will engage in direct action at statehouses and the U.S. Capitol next spring – a six-week protest highlighted by one of the largest waves of civil disobedience in U.S. history. Organizers of the campaign make this announcement 50 years to the day after Dr. Martin Luther King and others called for the original Poor People’s Campaign. Challenging the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and America’s distorted national morality, organizers say they will draw on the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, reigniting the effort led by civil rights organizations, labor, tenant unions, farm workers, Native American elders and grassroots organizers to foster a moral revolution of values.
We Are Here: A Poor People’s Call for a Moral Revival will take place Monday, December 4, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., 20001. Presented by Sankofa.org, the event will feature Aloe Blacc, Sweet Honey in the Rock, J. Period, Yara Allen, Gina Belafonte, Van Jones, Campaign Co-Chairs the Rev. William J. Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, with special performance by Maxwell.
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