Earlier this week, we honored veterans and people who died at the hands of police by holding America accountable to the highest standard of patriotism and insisting that this country become a more perfect union. Thank you to everyone who made it to the encampment on Boston Common and to the rally and into the Statehouse.
In Boston, 16 people were arrested. Jullian Lopez-Leyva, a Student organizer and initiator for March for our lives, Boston said “We need to push beyond poverty and the violence we see in Santa Fe and Parkland and Las Vegas. We are here to reject violence. This is what we are here for.”
Savina Martin, US Army Veteran and tri-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign said “You can see the war on the poor all around us. Militarism defines us as a nation when we spend 53 cents of every federal discretionary dollar on the military and only 15 cents on anti-poverty programs. Enough!
When over 20 veterans a day die by suicide, something needs to be done to stop militarism and the war economy.
Next week, we’ll be tackling our Week Four theme, The Right To Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care. We’ll be kicking that off with a rally in Springfield, MA on June 4th. Click for Full Details.
We’re showing up because in 2016, 73% of adults cut back on basic needs and food so they could pay their medical bills. Because when General Motors complained Flint’s water was rusting their car parts, they were allowed to switch their water source, while the children of Flint are still without clean water.
Health care and ecological devastation are both critical issues to our members, so we’re expecting a big turnout.
Hope to see you there.
Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign Coordinating Committee
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