Essential Principles of the Poor People’s Campaign

Against the Current, No. 193, March/April 2018

AN EXCERPT FROM the “Fundamental Principles” of the Poor Peoples Campaign:

“We aim to shift the distorted moral narrative often promoted by religious extremists in the nation from personal issues like prayer in school, abortion, sexuality, gun rights, property rights to systemic injustices like how our society treats the poor, those on the margins, the least of these, women, children, workers, immigrants and the sick; equality and representation under the law; and the desire for peace, love and harmony within and among nations.

“We will build up the power of people and state-based movements to serve as a vehicle for a powerful moral movement in the country and to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society.

“We recognize the need to organize at the state and local level — many of the most regressive policies are being passed at the state level, and these policies will have long and lasting effect, past even executive orders. The movement is not from above but below…”

For more information about 40 days of planned activities, beginning on Sunday, May 13, contact State and national actions will include civil disobedience, nonviolent direct action and voter education.

March-April 2018, ATC 193