We saw your Book Review: ‘King and the Other America: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality’ in the Aug. 21-27 issue.
We appreciate that Joe Martin pointed out in the final paragraph that the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival “intends to substantively address the systemic devastation of racism, poverty, militarism and ecological destruction.” We would point out that since our efforts have so far included 40 days of mass action in 41 different states and Washington, D.C.; a Moral Action Congress in June of this year — in which nine of the 2020 presidential candidates not only participated, but answered our questions; and included several of our activists giving testimony to the Congressional Budget Subcommittee (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a point to be there to hear from them) — we would point out it is not just what we intend to do — but in fact — what we are doing.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is indeed a fusion movement. We are not an organization — but people representing many different organizations, faiths, perspectives and nonprofit groups doing amazing work. We are fusing these together to effect change in all of these areas — because these issues are inter-related much as comorbidity within the patient can lead to multiple symptoms.
Right here in Washington state, the Poor People’s Campaign is very actively involved with over 4,000 activists and it’s growing almost daily.
We are planning an event in Spokane the first weekend in September. You can learn more about the campaign nationally here.
And, you can learn more about what we’re doing in Washington here.
Mary Wolfskill Ybarra,
WA State Coordinating Committee
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