New Poor People’s Campaign

Publish Date: 
Friday, January 23, 2015

Kairos: The Center for Religion, Rights and Social Justice and Poverty Initiative spearhead the call for a New Poor People’s Campaign for Today.  Evoking the Poor People’s Campaign called for by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the months before his assassination, this campaign has already been endorsed by diverse organizations and leaders in the US and globally, including the Media Mobilizing Project, another ESCR-Net Member.  Kairos and Poverty Initiative invite others to endorse the call for a new Poor People’s Campaign for today and advance collective efforts to end poverty and secure human rights for all people. Endorsments can be sent to

In December 1967, calling for the original Poor People’s Campaign, Dr. King emphasized, “There are millions of poor people in this country with very little, or even nothing to lose. If they can be helped to take action together, they will do so with a freedom and a power that will be a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.”  He also emphasized the necessity of building unity globally, as well as domestically, eager to connect the Campaign to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and movements for economic justice and democracy in Latin America. He stressed that “we have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights…In short, we have moved into an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society.”

Calling for deepening strategic dialogue, Kairos and Poverty Initiative suggests, “Developing that unity among the poor, in the US and globally, begins by learning about and listening to as many movements as possible around the country and the world, developing a shared assessment of the global problems we face, and building forms of mutual support and common action.” 

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