Moral Action

The availability of the gospel is exclusively dependent upon a conversion experience, wherein one makes an unqualified commitment to the struggle of the poor for freedom. The metanoia is available to all, though not accepted by all.
-James H. Cone


New Poor People’s Campaign announces 40 days of direct action

The plan is to ‘shift the moral narrative’ said Rev. Dr. William Barber at the National Civil Rights Museum

The Poor People’s Campaign is a national call for moral revival. It is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.

The Poor People’s Campaign launched this 40-day “fusion” of direct nonviolent action of the poor, clergy and advocates on May 14 in Washington D.C.

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Weekly Themes

Week One (May 13-19)
Somebodies Hurting Our People: Child Poverty, Women, and People with Disabilities

Week Two (May 20-26)
Linking Systematic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights and Immigration

Week Three (May 27-June 2)
The War Economy, Veterans, Education and National Priorities

Week Four (June 3-9)
Ecological Devastation and Health

Week Five (June 10-16)
Everybody’s Got the Right to Live: Jobs, Income and Housing

Week Six (June 17-22)
A New and Unsettling Force

We gathered in Salem on Monday to hear the stories of teachers who’ve been tasked with teaching more than 30 students in a classroom and people experiencing homelessness whose existence is illegal in communities throughout Oregon. We heard from young immigrants who yearn to feel safe and from advocates for food access who warned of impending laws that would require employment as a barrier to food assistance. We heard from native communities whose livelihood is connected to the livelihood of the wolf. We reclaimed the People’s House and courageously told the stories of those impacted by the decisions made behind closed doors, up and down its halls.

And we’re going to do it again on Monday, June 18th!
We will gather at the People’s House for the sixth week of our 40 Days of Action. The theme for the week is: A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative. During the sixth we will make a commitment to one another and to impacted people across the state to organize for the long-haul to dismantle systems of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation.

Join us in Salem as we continue 40 Days of Action to force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy. If any part of the Poor People’s Campaign in posters or in word has touched your heart and you want to show your support in action please consider joining us. Meet Rev. Alison in the parking lot at CCP at 9 am. (Rev. Alison has room for 3 passengers).

There is a morning training, potluck, and pre-rally gathering at 10:45 at the First Presbyterian Church 770 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301. Please enter through the double doors located under the steeple on Winter Street. and the rally begins at 2 pm on the steps of the capitol, 900 Court St NE Salem, OR 97301.  These last 40 days of action and attention are ending but the commitment to a moral revival is ongoing!

Peace, Alison+