A new campaign making a “national call for moral revival” was given a rousing endorsement at the Metro Washington Council delegate meeting Monday night. The Poor People’s Campaign builds on the 1968 Poor People’s March on Washington -- being organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was assassinated in 1968 -- which sought to “dramatize the plight of America’s poor” and demand better jobs, homes, and education in addition to full civil rights. The new campaign will launch with a 40-day series of demonstrations across the country beginning on May 13, Mother’s Day, through June 21, in an effort to confront the “inseparable evils” of racism, poverty, war, and ecological disaster. The Council is urging union members and leaders across the metro Washington area to get involved in the campaign. A local organizing meeting ie being held this Friday at noon; email [email protected] for details.
photo: Rev. Erica Williams discussing the Poor People's Campaign at Monday’s Metro Council meeting, with Metro Council president Jackie Jeter and treasurer Eric Bunn at left; photo by Chris Garlock