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'Take Away Our Poverty, Not Our Children!': Poor People's Campaign Caps Off 40 Days of Action

'Take Away Our Poverty, Not Our Children!': Poor People's Campaign Caps Off 40 Days of Action

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Poor People's CampaignThousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C.


End poverty with Universal Basic Income:


If its going to be the same as the Womens March, they will fail. Cardboard signs, pacifism, speeches, then maybe a variety show with singers? Unless people bring self defense weapons and do some police damage when they are being arrested, the murderes will laugh hiding in their ivory towers. We know the main culprits behind the extermination plan: Trump, Ryan, McConnell and Sessions. Surround their residences and work places. Make their lives as miserable as they have made ours. Make this Rally count for something! This may be our last chance before they lock us all up in cages… and… they will!


Here is what one religious figure says about it:

After listening to Rev. Barber who made his plea for inclusiveness I realized we could reduce all the many differences to one overarching commonality: We are human beings. We co-exist and share One Life with ALL other life-forms. I think this is the essence of all moral philosophy, religious or otherwise.


See that you moved to Ohio and I am sure you are busy there too fighting the good fight. I am planning to return to NY and joining a cooperative there and will get involved in the fight there too.


This campaign seems to lack a focus. Campaigns that have succeeded had much more limited goals. This campaign is basically built around a left wing wish list. I don’t think politicians can effectively respond to so many diverse demands coming from one campaign

Stop having children and it will help to relieve your poverty.

The climate has changed. Habitat overshoot is real.

Rich, poor or otherwise, we live on a planet and resources are finite. Millions of refugees can attest to this, and millions more are on the way.

All of these people wrapped in robes thinking religion and prayer will change that, who ignore planned parenthood and the science of habitat, those people too are the problem.

There is no sky deity coming to save you.

Thanks and same to you and yours. We are in the planning stage right now and looking for a suitable place. It could take up to a year. In the meanwhile I got the cooperation of my local library to start a discussion group of the “Great Ideas” and our first turn out was pretty good for a small population. One of the things I will start in NY. We are calling it The Agora, as in

The agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. The literal meaning of the word is “gathering place” or “assembly”. The agora was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city. The Ancient Agora of Athens was the best-known example.


Very true.

Why is it a ‘wish list?’ These are not unreasonable demands. And they are very much inter-connected. They all relate to a system of government that sacrifices the many for the few. Incrementalism will keep us in bondage forever. I would march with these people any time!


Look at China’s approach to funding “communities of common destiny”. Certainly a be careful what you wish for moment. Socialism can have a dark side.

As a humanist-atheist, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever of participating or supporting the Poor People’s Campaign – even though I fully agree with what they are fighting for – that is completely dominated by theists.

For humanitarian needs, I will continue to support (verbally, physically and financially) the Foundation Beyond Belief (https://foundationbeyondbelief.org/) which can be simply summed up as:

We are Humanism at Work
Foundation Beyond Belief is a humanist charity that promotes secular volunteering and responsible charitable giving. Guided by the principles of secular humanism, our mission is to:

  • Unite the humanist community in volunteering and charitable efforts.
  • Advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.

We forward our mission through our programs: Grants, Disaster Recovery, Service Corps, and Volunteer Network.

Attended the rally in DC and the PPC is the real deal. Words and phrases I heard from the speakers: Capitalism, imperialism, class rule, military-industrial complex, no turning back, and much more.
No politicians were allowed on the platform and BOTH parties were excoriated. This was nothing like Women’s or Gun Violence marches. Rev. Barber and others made it clear that after more organizing and increasing the membership, massive civil disobedience and “shutting down the system” will be in order. There is no good reason why anyone seriously committed to social change should not be joining and working with the PPC. P.s. Yes, people of faith are in key roles but this left-wing atheist has felt welcomed with open arms from the very beginning.


I see that you are as obtuse as usual. I guess you’re going to tell us to vote for the democrats because they will fix things for us, am I right?

Do you know how much wealth inequality went during Obama’s tenure? Yep. He thought it was more important to bail out the banks then help the people who put him into office.

BTW. Have you noticed how many democrats have been voting with the republicans to pass Trump’s legislations? Now why in hell would I vote for a party that stabs me in my back?


Poor children are our chiidren!!!


All of the most successful movements for progress - from South Africa, to India to Palestine to the USA in the 1960s have had a religious dimension. All of the most effective leaders in the antiwar movement in the US in the 1960s - from MLK to the Berrigans were clergy.


So? How is capitalisms dark side doing for ya?

And nearly every one of those movements failed.
In the end the oligarchy doesn’t give a shit about faith, except to use it as the “opium of the people.” The ruling class counts on the clergy to make sure that the masses always know their place, and always accept their lot in life.
I fear that the clergy has only held liberal populism back

You are correct.There is no invisible man we can count on to come and save us. we will have to do it ourselves.

Well, I kinda glad I’m not living in Nepal BigB. How about you?