by Ken Butigan
Fifty years ago, Dr. King was working on his last initiative: “The Poor People’s Campaign.” He was assassinated in April before it was launched in June. Now, half a century later, a new Poor People’s Campaign is sweeping the country—and Campaign Nonviolence invites people everywhere to join this powerful new effort which, like CNV, is connecting the dots between poverty, racial injustice, militarism, and environmental destruction. Led by the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, the Poor People’s Campaign will launch six weeks of direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience across the country this May.
We urge you to take action with the Poor People’s Campaign this spring as we build toward the fifth annual Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions this coming September 15-23. Campaign Nonviolence envisions 2000 marches and rallies across the US and beyond that week, including a powerful march from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to the White House on Saturday, September 22. Let’s take action with the Poor People’s Campaign this May and June—and build toward the CNV Week of Actions in September!
Here is a great article in the National Catholic Reporter that reports on the growing traction of the Poor People’s Campaign.