Remarks on the state of poverty in the United States

Publish Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017

Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis from Kairos, The Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice, recently addressed the worrying situation of poverty at the United States.

Her talk was presented at One Love in Jamaica to a group of over 100 social justice leaders, independent journalists, cultural workers and others who gathered for a week of seminars on international solidarity and social justice in February 2017.

As Theoharis highlighted, "Despite Hollywood and the propaganda that the mainstream media puts out, the glaring reality is that 1 in 2 people living in the United States are poor or low-income (...) There are 28 million people without health care, more than 10 million homeless people, 3.7 million fast food workers who get paid too little to sustain themselves and their families."

The religious leader and human rights activist called for the development of committed and connected leaders, while recalling the need to build consciousness and organization among the poor, the dispossessed, and the working class. "We need to unite these leaders so as to unite the poor and dispossessed. We need to build a politically independent vehicle that can have ideas and power," she said.

The complete speech is available here.

For more information about Kairos' New Poor People’s Campaign, please visit here

Photo credit: Kairos Center.