In 1967, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. declared that Americans needed to move beyond discussions of civil rights and ask basic questions about our whole society:
Why should any American die of curable disease, suffer from treatable mental illness or endure hunger and homelessness?
How can we embrace technology to free us from outdated and discriminatory infrastructures?
How can our military economy become a human-rights economy?
King launched the Poor People’s Campaign to combat systemic poverty, guarantee jobs paying livable wages and build humane communities for all Americans. Tragically, the campaign did not survive King’s assassination.
After 50 years, the Poor People’s Campaign lives again. This National Call for Moral Revival unites 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. It calls for sustained nonviolent civil disobedience to break through the tweets and shift the moral narrative. By putting our bodies on the line, we hope to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society.
We need a new moral revival to save the heart and soul of our democracy, 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.
Join the S.C. Poor People’s Campaign on Facebook.
Rev. Jeff Liebmann
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
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