Supported by the Service Employees and the United Food and Commercial Workers, the New Poor People’s Campaign, the mass movement planned to bring the problems of poverty – and to agitate for eradicating them – to the nation’s conscience, will kick off with a sermon in D.C. this Sunday by PPC co-chair Rev. William Barber. Several unions, including SEIU, UFCW and the Washington Teachers Union Local 6 have already pledged support for the Campaign, local D.C. organizers said. The Campaign -- which includes a mass rally at the U.S. Capitol on May 14 -- has been endorsed by the Metro Washington Council and the AFL-CIO last year called it “an essential activity in the fight for justice for all workers and poor people from diverse backgrounds.” The local PPC Labor Committee meets today at 2p (see Calendar).
- Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer
photo of Barber speaking to protesters during a Moral Monday demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 2016; credit Ben McKeown, via The Nation