Poor People’s Campaign Revives Dr. Martin Luther King’s Vision
The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign announced that it will kick off it’s 2020 struggle for justice and equity on Monday, January 20th with the reclaiming Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision with the Legacy Poor People’s Hearing in Denver’s City Park across the street from the MLK statue, (near 18th Ave and York St), at 8:30 a.m. prior to Denver’s 35th Annual Marade on January 20, that will begin formation at 9:45am and at 10:45am, proceed south out of City Park by way of Esplanade St. to Colfax Ave to Civic Center Park.
The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign stated that it “will give voice to our neighbors living in the US’s most polluted zip code, our neighbors struggling with homelessness; our neighbors will speak to the ravages of racism and the trials of chronic, debilitating disease.”
The day will conclude with a screening of We Cried Power, Dara Kell’s powerful and inspiring documentary of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival with Rev. Dr. William Barber & Rev. Dr. Liz TheoHaris. The day will lift up the often-overlooked personal stories of those most deeply impacted by the City’s growing income disparity, lack of affordable housing, and the city’s exploding homelessness crisis as well as the pollution devastation of our air and water.
While our President continues to fabricate emergencies and perpetuate division, hate and the distorted moral narrative, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival sees the real emergencies throughout this country that need to be confronted and organizes to fight for the impacted across the intersecting ills of systemic poverty, racism, ecological devastation, the war economy and this nation’s distorted moral narrative.
The afternoon film screening/conversation will start at 1pm at 1st Baptist Church, 1373 Grant St. in Denver, with a Community Meal. The event will feature: We Cried Power, an intimate account of the revival of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and it’s rebirth into today’s Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival movement, spearheaded by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz TheoHaris.
Following the screening, there will be an open mic discussion of both the film and the way forward. The day’s events are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to help send the delegation from Colorado to the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington in Washington, D.C. June 20, 2020.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is a nonpartisan, interfaith, intergenerational and intersectional movement that is uniting and mobilizing communities to fight the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. The Campaign takes up the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign that was conceived by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and it builds upon the state-focused organizing strategies of the recent Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. The Campaign’s recent 40-day “season of nonviolent moral fusion direct action” catalyzed the largest and most expansive wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st-century America. The Campaign is co-chaired by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz TheoHaris, who have written, “Some things are not about left and right, Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, but about right and wrong. We need a moral movement to challenge the nation’s elected leaders, to critique unjust policies and to lift the cries of the impacted and cause the nation to change and do better.”
The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign is one of 40 state chapters comprising the national movement. It is currently seeking other Colorado residents and organizations to join the campaign’s efforts to engage in “deep fusion power-building from the ground up.” Those interested are invited to follow the Colorado chapter on Facebook.
The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will host a public meeting on January 21, 6-8pm, 400 S Williams St, Denver, CO 80209.
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