This stage of the Poor People's Campaign concluded on Saturday with a mass rally in Washington, DC. In Kansas over the six weeks of the campaign we had consistent participation of over 100 people each week, with between 11 and 18 civil disobedience arrests each week. (We often had about 10% of the PPC arrests in the entire country here in Kansas.) We were particularly pleased to see a consistent turnout from some of the faith leaders in the state.
KIFA's board chair, Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, wrote an oped about the Poor People's Campaign for the Capitol-Journal last week. Excerpt:
Civic engagement is at an all time low and racist voter suppression laws are on the rise because people are afraid to demand what they really need--true living wages, access to affordable, quality health care, quality education for all, and a functioning social safety net of services as well as a criminal justice system that are funded and designed to actually help people, led by people who do not lie or cover up the truth, even when it is painful.
This is what democracy looks like? “Somebody’s hurting my brother and it’s gone on far too long ... .” I’m gonna keep singing and keep showing up; what about you?
Last week, while everyone was paying attention (and we were too, and rightfully so) to the administration's inhumane immigration policies, the House Budget Committee passed a budget resolution that would (partially) pay for the massive tax cuts they gave to corporations and the super-rich last year by (say it with me now) massively cutting Medicare and Medicaid.
This is exactly what the Poor People's Campaign is all about, and even though our attention is divided by the sheer number of disastrous policies being thrown at us every day, still we need to stay focused on what we do best: building our base, strengthening our partnerships, and articulating a morally based politics that says "what you do to the least of these, you do to me."
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