Labor unions, religious organizations, faith and civic rights leaders, The Women’s March and numerous celebrities will gather virtually Saturday (June 20) for “The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.”
The campaign is a “movement of tens of thousands of people across the country who are organizing to end the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and the war economy, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism,” according to the organization’s website.
The event mirrors the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s planned Poor People’s Campaign, which was derailed when he was assassinated in Memphis while helping the city’s striking sanitation workers.
“COVID-19 is highly contagious, and all that planning we did for (for the scheduled) June 30 date was wasted, I thought,” said Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson, executive director of the organization.
Jackson said hundreds of mobilizing partners will participate, including14 national labor unions, 16 national religious organizations, civil rights organizations, faith leaders, The Women’s March, and 350.