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Moral March on Washington

Moral March on Washington – Digital Gathering June 20 and June 21

Because of COVID-19, the Moral March on Washington that had been scheduled for Saturday, June 20 — to awake the nation to the interlocking injustices facing 140 million poor and low-income people, 43% of the nation — cannot take place as planned.  Instead, the organizers are planning a digital gathering.  The 2-hour program will be broadcast at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm that day and again on Sunday, June 21 at 6:00 pm.  

Below is a description of the event from the website.  Will you join us in participating in this event, from your own living room or home office or kitchen?  Numbers matter!  Please let me know at lucilledickinson@aol.com if you will, and go to www.june2020.org to register.  

Thank you.

Lucille Dickinson for the Social Action and Awareness Commission    

 From https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020

 WHAT

  • The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington will be the largest digital gathering of poor, dispossessed and impacted people, faith leaders, and people of conscience on June 20, 2020.
  • The increasing urgency of a broad movement led by the poor and most impacted is more apparent every day. Now is the time to organize towards collective action to enact a moral agenda for the nation. As our ranks grow in the coming months due to COVID-19 and the ongoing crisis of poverty, building a platform for the plight, fight, and insight of the poor is even more urgent
  • We are marshalling our collective voices to demonstrate the power of our communities. We demand that both major political parties address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism by implementing our Moral Agenda.

WHEN

  • This two-hour program will be broadcast on Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 AM EST and 6:00 PM EST and again on Sunday, June 21, at 6:00 PM EST. Visit orgto tune in.

WHERE

  • The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is going digital! We will gather from all 50 U.S. states and territories, and from across the world.

 WHY

  • We are gathering on June 20, 2020, to dramatize the pain and prophetic leadership of the poor and build power to enact our demands.
  • We are wakingthe nation to the interlocking injustices facing 140 million poor and low-income people, 43% of the nation.
  • But it’s not enough just to be awake. It’s not the waking, it’s the rising. On June 20, 2020, we rise together!
  • If the rejected millions—the poor without health insurance, without living wages, without clean water, without voting protections—unite, we can move the moral and political imagination of this country and revive the heart of our democracy!

WHO

  • The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is made up of people of all backgrounds: we are Black, Brown, White, Native, and Asian; we are old and young; we are Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim; we are people of faith and not of faith; we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities; we are led by poor people and we are a cross-class movement; we are people of all abilities; and we live across this nation, from Alabama to Alaska, from Maine to California to Mississippi.

HOW

  • We will gather online on June 20, 2020, from across the country and world.
  • We will launch a robust accessibility campaign to ensure those of us most affected by poverty and its interlocking injustices are able to participate fully.
  • To begin, go to june2020.orgto let us know you will join us on June 20, 2020.
  • Spread the word in your networks and social media.
  • Get connected to your state’s coordinating committee.

From FAQ on what to expect on June 20:

  • We are shifting the narrative by changing the narrators – and pushing out our stories and our solutions. 
  • On June 20, 2020, the digital stage is being built for the plight, fight and insight of poor, dispossessed and impacted people, joined by moral leaders, advocates and artists, to present to the nation and the world the outrage of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. The program will include the stories, solutions and songs of movement leaders and artists. 
  • Participants will receive information on how to go back to our communities to take action together and continue building power among the poor and dispossessed for November’s election and beyond