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PPC pt.4 The unity of the poor

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    PPC pt.4 The unity of the poor

    While crisis of this scale and depth has dealt severe blows to the global struggle for human dignity and rights, it has also unleashed new and powerful possibilities for change. Since the world-wide financial crisis in 2008, mass protests in US and globally have succeeded in focusing attention on inequality and in changing the rhetoric of some politicians. However, there has been little serious discussion and even less action on plans to reduce, let alone end, poverty and soaring inequality.

    Still, we are seeing growing resistance led by people who are organizing and fighting for their lives, their rights and their deepest values. We are fighting on many fronts of this struggle, including for good affordable homes, water, nutritious food, health, and education, for racial, gender and LGBTQ justice, for a humane immigration system and an end to mass incarceration, for living wages and good jobs, for a healthy environment, for peace, and for a more genuine democracy. We look to the example of the Forward Together/Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, the struggle against water shut-offs in Detroit, the campaigns in Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Maryland to make healthcare a human right, and many others which show the power that comes when we’re able to see all the problems our communities are facing as deeply inter-connected and organize on that basis.

    We experience the power and joy of these campaigns, celebrating and drawing inspiration from the gains of struggles led by those most directly affected. Yet we are all also painfully aware of the limits of our victories as overall conditions continue to worsen and inequality and poverty continue to grow. There is a growing need and yearning to connect our often isolated battles and begin creating a broader and deeper social movement with the power and vision to take on not just the rotten fruits of poverty, inequality, and oppression but the national and global systems and structures that produce them. Such a movement would build on struggles now taking place, strengthening our connections to produce the unity that is the only way to move us from merely reacting to different disasters to transforming society. It was a vision of just such a transformative movement that led Dr. King to call for a Poor People’s Campaign. It is the same urgent need today that leads to the call for a new Poor People’s Campaign to abolish poverty.

    edited to include link https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/

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    “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall    

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