Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
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 Unitarian Universalist Association is an official endorser and faith partner of the Campaign because we align with the following goals, strategies, and tactics that strengthen multi-faith and partner relationships and coalitions, deepen our own faith, and help build a transformative movement for justice.
- Connect directly with the Poor People's Campaign
- UU Commitment Pledge: sign up to witness or take action with other Unitarian Universalists (UUs)
- Join the UUs & the Poor Peoples Campaign Facebook Group
About the Campaign
- The goal of the Poor People’s Campaign is to build powerful state-based coalitions that can generate a moral movement across the country, shift the distorted national narrative of who and what matters with prophetic truth-telling and direct action, and ultimately transform the political, economic, and moral structures of our society. The campaign has an intersectional lens, addressing the plight of over 45 million people in the US who live in poverty, (and 100 million more who struggle economically) and confronting white supremacy, environmental destruction, voter suppression, mass incarceration and deportation, and militarism.
- An escalated response to the extreme times we are living is needed—coordinated non-violent moral fusion direct action for 40 days of over 38,000 people of faith and conscience in 38 state capitals and in Washington, DC—with a set of demands that cannot be ignored.
- Following the season of action, massive voter registration and Get-Out-the Vote drives will be organized through the mid-term elections. Specific national and state organizing campaigns will come together in 2019.
40 Days of Action from May 13 - June 23
Every Monday, beginning on May 14th through June 18th there will be witness as well as non-violent direct moral fusion direct action in 38 states and in Washington, DC. People planning to participate in direct action must attend a training in their state. To get connected with training write to your state coordinator at NameofYourState@ poorpeoplescampaign.org and/or look for your state’s Poor People’s Campaign Facebook page.
UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray took part in the opening action on May 14th in Washington, DC, with other denominational and national leaders. She, the UUA, and the campaign would welcome your participation at that action or on May 21st (the Campaign has asked UUs to turn out especially for the first two Mondays in the nation’s capital), and encourage your participation in your state capital as well. Please participate on whatever Mondays work best for you and your congregation or group in both Washington, DC and your state.
- A message from Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray: Join Me in Prophetic Witness with the Poor People’s Campaign, May 13-15 & Beyond!
- Editorial in Vice: 'I Got Arrested Today While Praying the US Finally Confronts Poverty'
- Reflection by Rev. Michael Crumpler: Arrested for Justice!
- UU Commitment Pledge: sign up to witness or take action with other UUs
- Find your local event
- Connect with your UU State Action Network
- Lodging options in Washington, DC.
- Limited home hospitality is also available through UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) in Washington, DC. Write to advocacy [at] uusj [dot] org or call 202-600-9132.
Weekly Themes for the 40 Days of Action Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival
The national mass meetings and teach-ins will be livestreamed on the Campaign’s Facebook page.
Week 1: May 13 -19
Somebody is Hurting Our People and It's Gone on Far Too Long - Women, Youth, the Disabled, and Children in Poverty and the Right to Education
Week 2: May 20 - 26
Connecting Systemic Racism and Economic Justice - Voting Rights and Just Immigration
Week 3: May 27 - June 2
Veterans, Our War Economy, and Militarism
Week 4: June 3 - 9
The Right to Health - Ecology, Justice and Health - Water, Extreme Extraction, Climate Change, Health Care
Week 5: June 10 - 16
Everybody’s Got a Right to Live - Living Wages, Guaranteed Income, Housing and Social Services
Week 6: June 17 - 23
A New and Unsettling Force Challenging Our Nation’s Distorted Moral Narrative - A Fusion Movement Rising Up
Format for each week in the national and state capitals are:
- Sunday evenings: Mass Meetings for spiritual, moral and tactical/logistical preparation for the next days’ events
- Mondays: Gather at 10 am, 1 hour Training at 11 am, followed by press conference & rally, and then afternoon direct actions
- Tuesdays: Teach-Ins
- Thursdays: Theomusicology and Arts Events
Have questions? Please write to Susan Leslie, UUA Congreational Advocacy & Witness Director at sleslie [at] uua [dot] org or UU minister, Rev. Robin Tanner who is organizing for the campaign at robin [at] poorpeoplescampaign [dot] org.