Monday, May 21, 2018

New Poor People's Campaign

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) wrote about the New Poor People's Campaign.

Fifty years since the launch of the Poor People's Campaign by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 43 Million Americans remain in the grips of Poverty and 140 Million Americans are considered low-income. The number of Families living on $2 per Person, per day has grown to 1.5 Million American Households, including 3 Million Children.

Against the backdrop of soaring Economic Inequality, a new campaign to protest Policies that keep People in Poverty has been revived. The New Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival was lunched in State Capitals and Washington, D.C., to demand:

- Federal and State Living Wage Laws
- Investment and Equity in Education
- Protection of the Right to Vote
- Affordable High-Quality Healthcare
- End to Mass Incarceration

The Rev. William Barber II, the Founder of the Moral Mondays Movement, has mapped a Path to bring about this Moral Revival that includes: Policy Demands, Voter Registration, and Civil Disobedience.

While Poverty disproportionately affects People of Color, numerically, there are more White Americans in Poverty than any other Race or Ethnic Group.

The United Nations recently conducted a Report that revealed a bleak picture of Extreme Poverty in the United States, documenting the terrible circumstance endured by the Poor, from Unsafe Sewage and Sanitary conditions, to Chronic Homelessness, to Criminalization and Harassment just for being Poor. The Report concluded that, particularly in a Rich Country like the United States, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power, and that with political will, it could be readily eliminated

AFT Members address the plight of Poverty every day in their work in Hospitals and Schools, and are Proud to be a Coalition Partner in the New Poor People's Campaign. In the age of unprecedented bounty, it is time to End the Oppression of the Poor and embrace a Moral Revival. That would make America Great.

CLICK HERE for more information about the New Poor People's Campaign.

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