Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Film length: 12:57 A major campaign is growing in the USA to finally combat shocking levels of deprivation – 43.5% of the population are now living in poverty. Based on the campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King was working on when he died – and may well have been the reason for his assassination – the Poor Peoples Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival is already organising in 39 states and is calling for 40 days of direct action and civil disobedience starting on Monday May 14, culminating in a march on Washington on June 23.

Led by co-coordinators Dr. William Barber and Dr. Liz Theoharis, the campaign centres on what they call “five interlocking injustices” – systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and christian nationalism – all exarcerbated by voter suppression laws which make it a lot harder for many people to vote, particularly people of colour, women, and students (extensive research on vote restrictions here).

Mass meetings are currently being held up and down the country; this film is from the meeting organised by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth in Benham, Kentucky on March 29.