New Poor People's Campaign

June 13, 2019 Update

Kamala Harris. Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren. Joe Biden.

These four leading candidates (and more) will all be at the #PPCMoralCongress on Monday to hear directly from members like you about the issues facing 140 million poor people.

By holding the nation’s biggest candidate forum right before the first televised debate, the Poor People’s Campaign has a chance to shape the political narrative and our nation’s policy priorities heading into 2020 and beyond.

At the #PPCMoralCongress, we will also release a Moral Budget with research by world-renowned economists, and after a day-long Freedom School and organizing workshops, members will testify at a congressional hearing in front of the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill.

We’re lifting up poor people’s voices and owning our power. Chip in $15 to change the way grassroots movements talk to the most powerful people in the world.

Fielding questions directly from poor and impacted people shouldn’t be radical. We’re changing the game so that it won’t be.

This is what a moral fusion movement can achieve when we organize.

Forward together, not one step back,

Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II and Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis
President of Repairers of the Breach & Director of the Kairos Center
Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival


SC Poor People's Campaign Demand Letter Delivery & Press Conference: Wed, Feb 27, 2019

UU's have been involved with the PPC since last summer.  Last year when we launched this campaign, we delivered our list of demands to our state legislators. We continue to see policy violence at the state level - voter suppression, attacks on vital programs for the poor,  increasing barriers to accessing affordable health care, low wages, and much more. We went back to the State House to deliver our demands and make it clear that we plant to continue organizing, building our statewide and national movement, and holding legislators accountable to our Moral Agenda.
2/27/19 Media Coverage
(updated 6/18/18)

The SC Poor People’s Campaign a National Call for Moral Revival is committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by SYSTEMIC RACISM, POVERTY, THE WAR ECONOMY & ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION. We will be protesting at over 30 statehouses and the US Capitol  We need you to join our efforts.

The UUCC plans to be a part of the moral revival planned by Rev. William Barber and the Poor People's Campaign.  We encourage you to read up on this movement and prepare to participate.  We need people to help us spread the word.  Please follow them on facebook, and spread the word through social media.  We need people to talk to faith leaders, politicians, and friends and family. We need people to tell their stories.  If you can be involved in any way, please contact Laura Hartwig at

We stand together to show the power of people united across issues and geography. We stand together because there are over 40 million people living in poverty in this country including 13 million children, and because although the U.S. spends more per capita on health care than any other country, 32 million people remain uninsured. And with fewer voting rights in place today for people of color than 50 years ago when the Civil Rights Act was passed, we stand together to say that we cannot go down this road any longer.

Find: UUA Involvement | Weekly Themes | Volunteer | Press | Live Stream of DC Events 

Already receiving press

UUA Involvement

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and other UU clergy & lay leaders arrested
May 14, 2018 in DC - Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and other UU clergy & lay leaders arrested and dozens more out in support.


The UUA is supporting the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, the brainchild of two community activists — the Rev. Liz Theoharis of New York and the Rev. William J. Barber II of North Carolina.  UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray will be participating in the direct action in Washington, DC on May 14th.   Read her article about getting arrested.  UU Rev. Robin Tanner laid out that the 40 Days of Action beginning on Mother’s Day May 13th and every week through to the mass mobilization in Washington, DC on June 23rd will consist of these components:

  • Sunday evenings: Mass Meetings for spiritual, moral and tactical/logistical preparation for the next days’ events
  • Mondays: Gather at 10 am, 1 hour Training at 11 am, followed by press conference & rally, and then afternoon direct actions at 38 state capitals and in Washington, DC
  • Tuesdays: Teach-Ins
  • Thursdays: Theomusicology and Arts Events
  • Friday-Sunday – Worship (the campaign is providing multi-faith materials)

All the national events will be livestreamed. This schedule will be followed in Washington DC and in the states so that we are all acting simultaneously.

To participate in direct action people must attend the trainings in their states. A further one hour training will be provided in Washington, DC for the national action and in the states. (We are also looking into an on-line training.)

Weekly Themes 

Week One (May 13-19) - SOMEBODY'S HURTING OUR PEOPLE: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty

Week Two (May 20-26) - LINKING SYSTEMIC RACISM AND POVERTY: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities

Week Three (May 27-June 2) - THE WAR ECONOMY: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence

Week Four (June 3-9) - THE RIGHT TO HEALTH AND A HEALTHY PLANET: Ecological Devastation and Health Care

Week Five (June 10-16) - EVERYBODY'S GOT THE RIGHT TO LIVE: Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, Housing

Week Six (June 17-22) - A NEW AND UNSETTLING FORCE: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

June 23: Join us in Washington, DC, for a mass rally and sending forth to continue building the moral movement!

Here are some of the other positions that are needed to help each Monday:

We are in need of a few people to help with media work this week. Anyone who has some experience sending press releases and making follow up calls, and has a few hours to dedicate this week. Please contact if you are able to help with this.
  • Safety team (Marshalls, Peace Keepers, Medics, etc) Find info about peace keeping here.
  • Program Coordinator (stage coordinator, timekeeper, speaker coordinator)
  • Documentarian (photo/videos)
  • Rally set up/clean up crew
  • Legal support and legal observers
  • Post-action support (community support at jail, collecting information, giving rides)
  • Interpreters and equipment
  • Visual arts (creating signs, banners, other visuals)
  • Music
  • Communications (media spokespeople, media wrangler, social media)
  • Transportation coordinator (organize carpools and buses from various areas of the state)
  • Organizing a PPC event in my community (the coordinating committee will provide ideas and resources!)
To sign up to volunteer at a Monday rally:

Helpful Info

Here are links to:

To get connected with the UUA's involvement with this campaign, please sign up directly on this link here (the campaign has set it up to track UU participation for us).  Each state campaign has a Facebook page. We also recommend that you contact your UU state action network. You can follow the facebook group for the UU's & PPC here.  A UUA webpage will soon be available here:



 Live Stream

All events will be livestreamed from the PPC: NCMR Facebook Page. Sunday Mass Meetings - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT

Sunday, 5/27 at 6:00pm EST
Livestream of Mass Meeting in Washington, DC--public livestream, please share!
Will be shown on PPC Facebook page. Consider hosting a watch party with a few friends!

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