By Maria Svart
Right now, I’m gearing up for the kickoff of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. For the next six weeks, DSAers will be joining tens of thousands of people for direct actions in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia. Find an event near you!
You may have already received a email from your chapter about an action over the next six weeks, or from the DSA Labor Network about "Freedom Trains’ in solidarity with their 1968 counter parts. These caravans will be launching from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. And today. May 14. is just the beginning.
The Poor People’s Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. And as part of DSA’s Poor People’s Campaign work, you can help dismantle white supremacy and economic oppression and stand up for a democratic socialist future. Sign up for the DSA Poor People’s Campaign list for updates.
In the last year of his life, Dr. King set out to bring poor people together for non-violent direct action for “a radical redistribution of economic and political power.” In that spirit, the Poor People’s Campaign challenges how our society treats the poor, women, LGBTQIA folks, workers, immigrants, the disabled and the sick. And as DSAers, you and I understand the connections between poverty, structural racism, warmongering, and environmental catastrophe. The first Poor People’sCampaign event will be this Monday, May 14th. Join us!
Our work on the new Poor People’s Campaign will include non-violent acts of civil disobedience and public education. The next six weeks are organized along these common themes:
- Week One (May 13-19) – Somebody’s Hurting Our People: Child poverty, Women, LGBTQIA community, and People with Disabilities
- Week Two (May 20-26) – Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Ending Mass Incarceration, treatment of indigenous people and Justice for Immigrants
- Week Three (May 27-June 2) – The War Economy: Militarism, Veterans and the Proliferation of Gun Violence
- Week Four (June 3-9) – Ecological Devastation and Health – Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthcare for All
- Week Five (June 10-16) – Everybody’s Got a Right to Live: Jobs, Income, the Right to Organize, Education and Housing
- Week Six (June 17-22) – A New and Unsettling Force – A Fusion Movement Rising U.
As part of DSA’s Poor People’s Campaign work, you can help dismantle white supremacy and economic oppression and stand up for a democratic socialist future. Sí, se puede!
Maria Svart is DSA’s National Director.
Editor’s Note: As of 10 p.m. on May 14, 1000 activists had been arrested in peaceful actions nationwide. Here at DSA Weekly, we hope to cover many of these actions as they unfold. Join us and send photos!