Background: The Poor People's Campaign
At the time he was killed, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was laying the groundwork for a "Poor People's Campaign." His goal was to build a nationwide coalition of Americans living in poverty. Together, they would work against what he called the "triple evils" of racism, poverty, and militarism.Very recently, that vision has been renewed. A new Poor People's Campaign has been launched, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and others. The new Poor People's Campaign is "committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation and to building unity across lines of division." Local iterations of the campaign have begun to coalesce in cities around the country, including Rochester.
On April 19, the Rochester New Poor People's Campaign is holding a "Truth Commission on Poverty in Rochester." The purpose is to "share stories that expose the ongoing injustices in our local communities, to develop stronger relationships among us and build commitment to solidarity." This is an early step in mobilizing for the 40 Days of Action that the national campaign is coordinating later this year.This is an opportunity for you:
- hear our neighbors' stories of the real-life destructive effects of racism, poverty, war, and a toxic environment
- be heard and believed if you have a story like that to tell; discover you're not alone
- put faces to issues, and build relationships
- learn about upcoming opportunities to take action in Rochester
Truth Commission on Poverty in RochesterThursday, April 19, 2018Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1549 Dewey Ave, Rochester, NY 14615Sign In, 5:30Dinner, 6:30Need a ride? Got Questions? Contact Isaac Jacobs or Pastor Dave