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The Moral Revolution America Needs


The Moral Revolution America Needs

Jessicah Pierre

Thousands of civil rights advocates, low-wage workers, and religious leaders kicked off massive protests on May 14, launching a 40-day campaign across the nation in an effort to revive Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.

The Poor People’s Campaign brings together poor and marginalized people from all backgrounds, places, and religions to stand up for their lives and rights by calling for a “revolution of American values.” They’re taking aim at the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation.


Choose your parents well,
Their children’s wealth watch multiply,
And feed them on the poor
The ones that beg, the ones you’ll walk by.

(apologies to Crosby, Stills, & Nash)


The campaign will not get much sympathy from the Koch brothers crowd. Vast numbers of people in poverty fits their vision for America. They are only concerned about the potential for social unrest. Their answer to is more police properly equipped to deal with the situation


“It is the collision of immoral power with powerless morality that constitutes the major crisis we are facing today”. MLK


Thank you, Ms. Pierre! One issue that needs more attention is the efforts to pit the poor against each other by race. This follows the years that were spent successfully pitting middle class against poor.


Or the Democrats. Younger people might not know that it was the Clinton Democrats who threw the poor off the cliff, ending actual welfare aid and taking the first steps to similarly “reform” Social Security (targeting the disabled). The Obama years confirmed that this split is permanent.


Bruce Dixon over at Black Agenda Report provides some suggestions for Rev Barber on going forward. It’s worth a read here at this link: https://www.blackagendareport.com/barber-sermon-militarism-reveals-philosophical-political-limitations-poor-peoples-campaign