February 7, 2018

Poor People's Campaign (in Missouri)

On Monday, I attended the Missouri launch of the Poor People's Campaign. A national effort inspired by one of the last planned actions of Martin Luther King Jr. fifty years ago, this new Poor People's Campaign seeks to "challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation's distorted morality."

So, on Monday, people gathered in 32 state capitals across the country to launch local iterations of this movement. One of those occurred in the rotunda of the Missouri Capitol. The Missouri event included powerful testimonies from a "Dreamer," a mother of a veteran suffering from PTSD, a fast food worker struggling to make ends meet, and more. The Jefferson City News-Tribune covered the event.



Missouri Faith Voices Executive Director Cassandra Gould delivered a strong prophetic call to action, and Rabbi Doug Alpert of Kansas City's Urban Jewish Community also gave a faith-filled appeal. Both did a good job connecting biblical teachings to the call of speaking out for poor people today. Unfortunately, we still need such voices fifty years after King's assassination.


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