Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Jonathan

Important announcements/events and information from Poor People’s Campaign regarding upcoming 40 days of nonviolent direct action!!!

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Oregon Spring Events

WRAP is a part of the Oregon Poor People’s Campaign. The demands of the Campaign, and the Souls of Poor Folks report, were released on April 10th. Let’s continue to build a powerful movement around these no nonsense, absolutely necessary demands!

JOIN US for a Rally Art Making party at Sisters Of The Road on Tuesday, April 17th from 11am to 2pm in the WRAP office (next to the Cafe, behind the Personalist Center where folks wait for their meal time slot). We’ll put together artwork from the campaign on sticks for our rallies and hopefully do some stencilling too. Bring a roll of duct tape, t-shirts or fabric to print, sticks (for signs at rallies), staple guns or just bring yourself- we’ll have extras of everything! Sisters Of The Road – 133 NW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209.

JOIN US in Madras for this orientation or join one of the Nonviolent Moral Direct Action Trainings below in preparation for Days of Action in May and June!

The Oregon Poor People’s Campaign will gather in Salem on April 14th for a full-day Teach-In and Nonviolent Moral Direct Action Training event. The campaign will then mobilize communities for regional all-day Teach-In and Nonviolent Moral Direct Action Training events.. Pledge at and follow us at

E-mail for more information. Location/address will be given with RSVP.

Saturday, April 14 in Salem – 9:30am-4:30pm. Simultaneous with 40+ other state trainings!
RSVP for the Salem Training

Sunday, April 22 in Portland – Noon-7:00pm (potluck lunch at noon; training 1-7pm)
RSVP for the Portland Training

Saturday, May 5 in Corvallis – Noon-7:00pm (potluck lunch at noon; training 1-7pm)
RSVP for the Corvallis Training

Sunday, May 6 in Hood River – Noon-7:00pm (potluck lunch at noon; training 1-7pm)
RSVP for the Hood River Training

Monday, May 14 – 40 Days of Action Launch in Salem simultaneous with National

Between May 14 – June 23, Nonviolent Moral Direct Action will occur each week on Monday in Salem during the 40 Days of Action. These events will be simultaneous with events happening in 40+ other state capitols.

During these six weeks neighbors, colleagues, community groups, and faith communities are encouraged to focus on poverty. The Campaign will support communities in this work with weekly themes, small group discussion starters, curriculum, liturgy, and preaching prompts.

The Campaign will gather in Washington DC to set-up an encampment from June 18-23 with a massive gathering planned on Saturday, June 23rd.

Watch this! (for more information on the Poor People’s Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival)



California Please RSVP for CAPPC Nonviolent Direct Action Training!

Right now, in 41 states, including Washington D.C., coordinating committees across the nation are preparing for actions in their states with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

In California, we are preparing for our first public action to take place at the state capitol in Sacramento on Monday, May 14th – as we kick of a season of Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action for 40 days in May and June.

As we mourned the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. we were mindful that the evils of the late 60’s are still very much at work today. Systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and a distorted moral narrative impact everyone in our state and country, and they especially impact the most vulnerable.

It is our time to come together for public action.

To prepare for this public action, we’re offering Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action Trainings on Saturday, April 14th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., in Santa Ana (Southern California), Oakland (Bay Area), and Sacramento (Capitol Region). The training will include:

1. An overview of the history and principles of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

2. Campaign songs

3. Stories and testimonies from folks around the state impacted by systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation

4. Poor People’s Campaign’s Covenant of Nonviolence and why that’s an essential commitment for all those wishing to join in the actions

5. A time to connect with national leaders

***This training is essential if you wish to engage in the California Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival days of action. (We will also offer more trainings before May 14th in different areas of the state.)

Attending this training does not mean you must participate in the day of action on May 14th. Nor does it mean you are committing to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. This training can be a great step in connecting with other Californians in the campaign and learning about the opportunity to join the action. We would love for you to join us!

Please take 2 minutes to register for this important training using this form: CLICK HERE

Forward together,
The California Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival


Estimad@ Amig@,

Ahora, en 41 estados, e incluyendo a Washington D.C., comités coordinadores en todo el país están preparando acciones en sus estados con la Campaña Nacional de la Gente Pobre: Un Llamado al Renacimiento Moral.

En California, estamos preparando nuestra primera acción pública, que se llevará a cabo en el capitolio estatal de Sacramento el Lunes, 14 de Mayo – mientras lanzamos una temporada de Acción Directa No Violenta Moral de Fusión por los 40 días en Mayo y Junio.
Mientras lamentamos el 50 aniversario de la muerte de Martin Luther King Jr., tuvimos en mente que los males del final de los años 1960s están todavía muy presentes hoy en día. El racismo sistemático, la pobreza, el militarismo, la destrucción del medioambiente, y una narrativa moral distorsionada afectan a tod@s en nuestro estado y país, y sobre todo afectan a l@s más vulnerables.

Es hora de unirnos para tomar acción pública.
Para preparar esta acción pública, estamos ofreciendo un Entrenamiento de Acción Directa No Violenta Moral de Fusión el Sábado, 14 de Abril de 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. en Santa Ana (Sur de California), Oakland (Area de la Bahía), y Sacramento (Región del Capital). El entrenamiento incluirá:

1. Un repaso de la historia y los principios de la Campaña Nacional de la Gente Pobre: Un Llamado al Renacimiento Moral

2. Canciones de la Campaña

3. Historias y testimonios de gente afectada por el racismo sistemático, la pobreza, el militarismo, la destrucción del medioambiente en todo el estado

4. El Pacto de No Violencia de la Campaña Nacional de la Gente Pobre y porque es un compromiso esencial para tod@s que quieren participar en las acciones

5. Una oportunidad para conectarse con líderes nacionales

***Este entrenamiento es esencial si desea participar en los días de acción de la Campaña Nacional de la Gente Pobre: Un Llamado al Renacimiento Moral. (También ofreceremos más entrenamientos antes del 14 de Mayo en diferentes áreas del estado.)

Asistir a este entrenamiento no quiere decir que usted está obligada/o a participar en el día de acción del 14 de Mayo. Ni tampoco quiere decir que se está comprometiendo a participar en la desobediencia civil no violenta. Este entrenamiento puede ser un buenísimo paso para conectarse con otros residentes de California que forman parte de la Campaña, y para aprender de la oportunidad que existe en ser parte de la acción.

¡Esperamos que pueda participar!
Por favor tome 2 minutos para registrarse por uno de estos entrenamientos importantes usando esta forma

Adelante junt@s,
Campaña Nacional de la Gente Pobre en California: Un Llamado al Renacimiento Moral


Join grassroots women and men in support of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

In this time of threats of war, more and more attacks on the most impoverished, and Trump sending troops to the southern border, “it’s time for a breakthrough” says the Rev. William Barber, joint coordinator with Rev. Liz Theoharis of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC). We have heeded the call. The Global Women’s Strike, Women of Color/GWS, Every Mother is a Working Mother and Payday men’s network endorsed and have been actively supporting the PPC. We are hoping you will join us and thousands across the country in actively supporting these efforts.

On Mother’s Day, the PPC will kick off 40 days of actions including once a week civil disobedience and protests in state capitols across the nation, and other daily events. The focus of the national kickoff is the poverty of children, women and those with disabilities. Women and children are 70% of the poor in the US. Mother’s Day is historically a time to recognize and value the work and all the contributions of mothers. But this year we are stepping it up a notch! It is estimated that the work per mother per year to the US economy is worth $143,000, yet the most impoverished mothers are denied a wage and welfare for their work.

The National Welfare Rights Union’s statement of support for the PPC issued April 7th, 2018 says:

“Today we stand united with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, not only to save and expand welfare and other survival programs, and to demand pay equity, living wages for all workers including mothers and other caregivers, but to shift the economic priorities of the nation towards the caring of people and the planet and away from war – for the general welfare of all.” (read full statement here)

We have been waiting and working for a national movement to put ending poverty front and center. Now is the time to come together to end poverty in the US and around the world: “It’s time for a breakthrough!”

Tuesday April 3rd the PPC issued its demands. And here is a video of Rev. Barber speaking from the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee where Dr. King was assassinated 50 years ago.

Please see below for how you can get involved. We hope that you will be able to participate in the upcoming Northern California PPC events, and also below is the official invitation to participate from the PPC.

*April 14, PPC non-violent civil disobedience (CD) training for those who want to commit to doing CD. Held at the Oakland Peace Center at 111 Fairmont Avenue, Oakland, from 10am to 2pm.

*April 16 in Sacramento: PPC Mass Meeting 6:30-8:30pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, 95816

*April 21 in Oakland: PPC Mass meeting 5-7pm at the Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

Below please see the formal invitation for organizations to join from the PPC. Individuals can pledge support and/or get more information on the PPC website

Please let us know of your interest. We will keep you posted about work we are doing in support of the PPC. Attached please see the statement from the National Welfare Rights Union of which GWS and others are in support.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Rachel West and Jane Welford for the Global Women’s Strike Omni Collective (Bay Area, CA)


From the PPC to organizations:

Almost exactly 50 years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was spending his final days organizing a national movement that was unprecedented in its breadth and diversity. In the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, King maintained that “reconstruction of society itself is the real issue to be faced,” not specific social or political changes. His solution to widespread poverty, racism, and militarism? A national movement of poor people.

Fifty years later, we are more in need of transformation than ever. On February 5th, 2018, the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival launched in over 40 states across the country, announcing the revival of a movement that Dr. King envisioned half a century ago. The new Poor People’s Campaign is rooted in 10 years of work on the part of the Kairos Center at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Moral Mondays/Repairers of the Breach in North Carolina.

This is not a commemoration of his legacy, but a direct continuation of his work; we seek to address the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy that permeate our society today. This is a state-based movement, one that centers poor and dispossessed people and builds their leadership, across race, geography, religion, and party.

Many incredible organizations are carrying forward with the work that Rev. Dr. King’s was never able to finish, and to that end, we aren’t asking you to join a new organization or form a new coalition. Through the Poor People’s Campaign, we hope to provide the opportunity for us to take action together in a way that will shift the terrain that we’re fighting on and make it easier to advance. WE ARE GEARING UP FOR A SEASON OF MORAL RESISTANCE AT STATE CAPITOLS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA. THIS WILL ENTAIL SIX WEEKS OF NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION, LIKELY EVERY MONDAY BEGINNING WITH MONDAY, MAY 14TH. WE ARE ASKING GROUPS TO PARTICIPATE AND SHOW SUPPORT BY:

* Mobilizing members to participate in the 40 days of action by participating in a nonviolent direct action or providing necessary support for those risking arrest;

* Contributing resources to pay for buses, transportation, food, and other mobilization needs.

We hope your organization will consider uniting with us in this struggle. To find out more about the campaign and take the pledge, visit To schedule a meeting in your local community about the campaign, send us a message at: or

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