Poor campaign protests at the Capitol in DC

Washington, DC – On the morning of Saturday, June 18, thousands of people took to the streets outside the United States Capitol to join in the political action of the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC). They demand justice and redress for millions of people in the United States who face poverty and deplorable living conditions under American capitalism.

“54 years ago, my father launched the Campaign of the Poor to revolutionize the economic landscape of our nation. Unfortunately, Dr. King didn’t live long enough to see it come to fruition. However, on June 19, 1968, my mother Coretta Scott King was here in the nation’s capital to deliver a very powerful message about poverty,” said Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King, “She made the call that poverty n It’s not just a long-standing problem. evil of this nation, but a true act of violence against the dignity, livelihood and humanity of its citizens.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people died each year from curable diseases, due to poor access to healthcare. The pandemic has only exacerbated these conditions, especially for African Americans, Native Americans, Chicanos, Mexicans and Latinos and other oppressed nationalities. More than a million people died. This is why so many people from different sectors of society – those in the health sector, peace activists, socialist organizations and labor organizers – have joined the PPC in denouncing the conditions under which capitalism is placing the workers and their families, especially during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now is the time for a mass moral meeting in the streets,” said Dr Reverend Barber of the PPC. “We can no longer be silent. He added: “This is a movement until children are protected, until the sick are healed, until low-wage workers are paid, until immigrants be treated fairly, until affordable housing is provided, until the atmosphere, land and water are protected.”

The PPC also announced another mass mobilization in Washington, D.C. scheduled for September 2022. The PPC plans to join 5,000 poor and working class and religious leaders with 100 economists in “nonviolent moral leadership action.”

The rally was held to commemorate more than 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. founded the PPC in 1967, shortly before his assassination in 1968.

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