Poor People's Campaign Demands Sweeping Overhaul of Nation’s Voting Rights Laws, Policies to Address Poverty, Ecological Devastation, War Economy
Topeka, KS (May 10, 2018)—The Kansas Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will kick off a six-week season of nonviolent direct action Monday in Topeka, demanding a massive overhaul of the nation’s voting rights laws, new programs to lift up the 140 million Americans living in poverty, immediate attention to ecological devastation and measures to curb militarism and the war economy.
The rally in Kansas is one of over 30 actions across the country Monday by poor and disenfranchised people, clergy and advocates, who will engage in 40 days of nonviolent direct action and voter mobilization, among other activities, as a movement aimed at transforming the nation’s political, economic and moral structures takes off—building on the work of the original Poor People’s Campaign 50 years ago.
Durell Gilmore, who lives in Wichita and serves on the steering committee of the Kansas Poor People's Campaign, said, “I'm involved with the Poor People's Campaign because as a Black man, I'm directly impacted by poverty, racism, militarism and environmental destruction. I work and live in an area that has been systematically divested from having adequate housing, access to healthy food, and occupied by a law enforcement that does not view its involvement as a peace-keeping presence.”
Protests and other activities during this first week will focus on child poverty, women in poverty and people with disabilities. Subsequent weeks will focus on systemic racism, veterans and the war economy, ecological devastation, inequality, and our nation’s distorted moral narrative.
At the conclusion of the 40 days, on June 23, poor people, clergy and advocates from Kansas and the other participating states will join together for a mass mobilization at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. They’ll then return to their states to continue building the campaign, which is expected to be a multi-year effort.
WHO: Poor and disenfranchised people, moral leaders and advocates from Kansas
WHAT: Protest at Kansas statehouse demanding sweeping overhaul of nation’s voting rights laws, policies to address poverty, ecological devastation, war economy
WHERE: Gather at the state capitol before moving to a nearby location for non-violent direct action
WHEN: Monday, May 14 at 2PM