RJR is supporting the Poor People’s Campaign

Racial Justice Rising is supporting the Poor People’s Campaign. If you have questions about the PPC in the local area, please contact Ruth at ppc@racialjusticerising.org.

Return regularly to this page for updates and for more information.


Upcoming Western Mass PPC Events

On Wednesday, April 25, 6:30–8:30 PM, attend a meeting on the Poor People’s Campaign: An Intro to the 1968 and 2018 Movements at the Forbes Library in Northampton. Hosted by Arise for Social Justice.

Also, sign up for online discussion:

“The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is indebted to the leadership of countless LGBTQ leaders for justice—particularly those queer and trans leaders who are directly impacted by poverty, systemic racism, the war economy, and ecological devastation… Our movement is here for queer and trans people directly impacted by these issues.” – Aaron Scott, Washington Poor People’s Campaign

Read more on the Kairos blog, and join LGBTQ+ leaders in the Poor People’s Campaign on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30pm ET for an online panel discussion. 




NONVIOLENT – we model nonviolence in this culture of violence, holding up the humanity of every person

MORAL  – not left or right, but right and wrong:  a new call for a moral revival in this country, led by the poor

FUSION – uniting across communities and issues into a powerful people’s force for justice 

DIRECT ACTION – our bodies are conveying a message of people’s power, which won’t be turned back


Read the PPC’s Demands and Opportunities.

Watch the PPC’s official launch video.

On June 23, there will be a huge national rally in Washington, D.C.

From the original Poor People’s Campaign

And today’s


In the summer and fall of 2017, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival was “on tour,” with stops in over 15 states across the country. At these stops, the Campaign held mass meetings, press conferences, truth commissions, and other events.

Read the Declaration of Fundamental Rights and Poor People’s Moral Agenda.

“Fifty years after Rev. Dr. King and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign declared that silence was betrayal, we are coming together to break the silence and tell the truth about the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and our distorted moral narrative,” the Moral Agenda reads. “We declare that if silence was betrayal in 1968, revival is necessary today.”

The Poor People’s Campaign, a multi-year effort, will launch on Mothers Day, May 14, with 40 days of moral action across diverse issues and geography in at least 41 states. Actions will include rallies, education and organizing, cultural arts events, nonviolent civil disobedience, and fusion coalition building.


Moral Mondays: Campaign Themes

During that time, five Moral Monday actions will occur at Statehouses around the country, each Monday with a different theme. (Transportation to Boston from Western Mass is being arranged.) The events will begin at 2 PM with a rally followed by optional civil disobedience.

Anyone planning to attend the rallies is welcome to come to a non-violence civil disobedience training, even if not planning to risk arrest. Organizers say that anyone who is considering arrest needs to attend a training, and those who want to act in support roles should as well. See western MA training dates below.  

Dates and the current themes are:

May 14 – Children, Women, Youth & Disabilities

May 21 – Intersection between systemic poverty and racism, immigration, voting rights  

May 28 – War economy and veterans  

June 4 – Ecological Devastation – Health of the planet and the right to health care  

June 11 – Everybody has a Right to Live – Wages and housing  

On June 23, there will be a huge national rally in Washington, D.C.

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Non-Violence Civil Disobedience Training

To prepare for the 40 days, organizers are holding nonviolent direct-action trainings in 40 states, including Massachusetts, as well as the District of Columbia.

Everyone is invited to attend PPC rallies. Those choosing to engage in civil disobedience must take non-violence civil disobedience training.

Sign up for a PPC Non-Violence Civil Disobedience training in Western MA, a series of which will be held through the spring. The first training, which was held simultaneously in 39 other states, was on Saturday, April 14th in Springfield MA and included a live link with Rev. Barber.

The next 2 trainings in Western Massachusetts are on April 28 and May 6.

SIGN UP here.

Other upcoming training opportunities in MA – so you can encourage friends to attend: May 5 1:30–6:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Mission, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury, MA 02119 

If you sign up, we ask only only that you engage in civil disobedience during one of the six weeks and that you can be available to help drive, provide food, house people, etc. during the other weeks. (You can engage in civil disobedience during as many weeks as you choose.)

Some roles to consider

Pre-Demonstration Training Team

Needs: Theomusicologists, Nonviolent Moral Direct Action Coordinators, Lawyer or Trained Legal Information Provider, Holders of Belongings

Rally Team

Needs: Directly Impacted People and Clergy Speakers (strongly considering CD), Theomusicologists & Cultural Artists, Action Leader (MC for the rally), Timekeeper, Program Coordinator/Stage Manager

Communications Team

Needs: Communications Coordinator, Media Wrangler, Media Spokespeople, Social Media (Facebook and Twitter), Documentation, Livestream

Civil Disobedience Action Team

Needs: Theomusicologists, Chant Leaders, Prayer Leaders, Action Leaders, Runners, Sign-In Crew, Clean-up Crew

Safety Team

Needs: Marshals, Lead Marshal, De-escalators, Straggler Crew, Police Liaisons, Legal Observers, Medics, Supplies Team

Post-Action Team

Needs: Jail Support Lead, Jail Support Hotline, Community Support at Jail, Transportation, Food.


For more information on the PPC trainings, see here

To sign up for other roles or for additional information, contact the Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign.


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Background to the National Campaign

(from The Poor People’s Campaign website)

On December 4, 1967, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced plans for a Poor People’s Campaign to organize towards transformative actions to end poverty, racism, and militarism in America. At that time, the nation was deeply divided, particularly by the issues of racial justice and the Vietnam War.

And yet even after Dr. King’s assassination in April 1968, this multi-racial mobilization of the poor went forward, mobilizing caravans that converged in Washington, D.C. to erect a shanty town on the National Mall that came to be known as “Resurrection City.”

The Poor People’s Campaign culminated in a Solidarity Day Rally for Jobs, Peace, and Freedom involving more than 50,000 people on June 19, 1968. Over the past 50 years, social movements have continued the struggle against poverty and the interrelated issues of the war economy and militarism, racism, and ecological devastation. They have won some gains, but even the handful of select indicators in this report make clear that we are still living in a system that serves a tiny minority at the expense of the rest of us.

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is working with the Institute for Policy Studies to produce an analysis of the Campaign’s four core issues: racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, and ecological destruction. This preliminary analysis was released at the launch of the Campaign in Washington D.C. on December 4, 2017. Initial findings reveal that, by many measures, these problems are worse today than they were five decades ago. It is in all of our interest to recapture what Dr. King called the “revolutionary spirit” needed to solve these systemic problems.

Watch the Poor People’s Campaign launch video:  

Learn more about the Campaign:

A new Poor People’s Campaign wants to change how society defines morality,” by Katrina vanden Heuval, Washington Post, December 5, 2017,


Huge Organizing Effort, ’40 Days of Action’ Launching to Fight Poverty: Fifty years later, a new Poor People’s Campaign connects religious faith to social justice,” by Eleanor J. Bader, alternet.org, March 4, 2018.

Ready to take the pledge? You may take the pledge here: https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/


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The Statewide Campaign

Poor People’s Campaign – Massachusetts 


To support the statewide organizing, please donate here.

Connect with the Statewide Campaign:

Poor People’s Campaign – Massachusetts

Ride Board

Email MA PPC for Information

Poor People’s Campaign – Home

Poor People’s Campaign – Massachusetts

PPC’s Fundamental Principles

PPC’s Slideshow

PPC’s Facebook page

Repairers of the Breach – Poor People’s Campaign

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