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PPC pt.5 What needs to be done

  • Dragonfli (1054 posts)
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    PPC pt.5 What needs to be done

    Developing that unity among the poor, in the US and globally, begins by learning about and listening to as many movements as possible around the country and the world, developing a shared assessment of the global problems we face, and building forms of mutual support and common action.

    That means that the first step of building a new Poor People’s Campaign for today is, in turn, for interested groups to reach out to and start talking with as many others as possible: for us to learn from and about each other, build trust and a shared understanding, and refine and clarify the idea for the campaign. For this reason, we are beginning strategic dialogue by bringing organizations of the poor together to share stories and analyses, support each other’s struggles, and discuss and debate how we can build something that goes beyond our individual fights. We’re also going out to different communities across the country where the poor are fighting back. In November a delegation went to the Gulf Coast and met with groups dealing with the aftermath of hurricaine Katrina, the 2010 BP oil spill, and ongoing economic and ecological devastation. This Spring, we’re planning a delegation to Appalachia. Over the past few months, we’ve begun national organizing calls to maintain our connections to each other. Individual leaders and organizations are spreading the word about the campaign and working to understand how it can build on and strengthen the work that’s already going on. As these conversations develop so will the plans and the structures that will make the new Poor Peoples Campaign possible.

    A lesson learned from history is that a campaign on the scale called for by the current crisis cannot be launched by, or belong to, a few leaders or organizations. What is needed is a movement that reflects the needs, concerns, experiences, and demands of the diverse struggles taking place in communities large and small across the country and around the globe. To build such a campaign, we need to unite. We need to strengthen our connections and sharpen our understanding of the problems we face.

    The call for a Poor People’s Campaign today builds on years of community and grassroots organizing that is taking place in this country and across the world. The call draws on an assessment of what is socially and politically possible. From poor people’s struggles on all fronts there are committed and competent leaders emerging who are drawing lessons from not only the successes, but also the pitfalls of our organizing.

    The call for a Poor People’s Campaign further draws on lessons from history and the social movements that have paved our way and ignited our political imagination. These movements have taught us that campaigns happen in stages. The first stage is working to build on the struggles now taking place, strengthening their connections to produce the unity that alone can move us from merely reacting to different disasters to transforming society.

    This first phase – one of building connections and accessing the possibilities – is a time in which leaders of this campaign will continue to emerge. A Poor People’s Campaign for today requires leaders who are prepared to recognize our current limitations, to deepen our analysis of the forces we are up against, and to develop consciousness of the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead. We are in the phase right now of building a non-violent army, a freedom church of the poor.

    Because building this campaign is so important all this has to be done thoughtfully, carefully, and inclusively. Because it is so urgent we have to start now. And together we can and will.

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

    twenty, Enthusiast, PADemD and 2 othersThouArtThat, Phlem like this

    “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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  • Enthusiast (8403 posts)
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    1. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the PPC, Dragonfli.

    I do not consider myself to be poor. But I can see where many can slide into poverty through one slight mishap or another like an illness or accident. The numbers grow daily.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • Dragonfli (1054 posts)
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      2. There is a great deal more to come as I have reached out and been granted

      permission to post articles and action resources from a group heavily involved in the PPC.

      Please read this new OP, it is most enlightening, and the first fruit of my new found collaboration with a site I often frequent.

      Also in a side discussion there is talk about how many can slide into poverty from middle class through one slight mishap like illness or other means, perhaps you could expand on that point which I barely grazed.

      “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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