Poor People's Campaign

Phase 2 Continues!












"I think it is necessary for us to realize that we have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights…[W]hen we see that there must be a radical redistribution of economic and political power, then we see that for the last twelve years we have been in a reform movement…That after Selma and the Voting Rights Bill, we moved into a new era, which must be an era of revolution…In short, we have moved into an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society."  (taken from a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff retreat in May 1967, a year before his assassination).

Later that year, in December 1967, Rev. Dr. King announced the plan to bring together poor people from across the country for a new march on Washington. This march was to demand better jobs, better homes, better education—better lives than the ones they were living. Rev. Dr. Ralph Abernathy explained that the intention of the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 was to “dramatize the plight of America’s poor of all races and make very clear that they are sick and tired of waiting for a better life.  ~ From the Poor People's Campaign website

The Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for Moral Revival is underway! Together we will seek to change the dialogue and narrative of our nation toward just, equitable lives for all people. We begin by engaging those whose voices have been shoved to the margins - bringing into the center and into leadership those who have been most affected by poverty, racism, environmental devastation, and all forms of oppression. As we engage these relationships and build stronger ties to one another, we will begin to truly realize how these injustices are harmful to all of us, even those of us who appear to benefit from them.

So watch this page for updated information about ways to participate and engage your community (shown at right). For more information on upcoming events, or to share how your church is becoming involved, contact Kelly Gallagher.

Related Blogs and Articles

Poor Peoples Campaign: Together we Move Forward, by Kelly Gallagher

A Living Hope", a blog by Wendy Vander Hart

Associate Conference Minister Kelly Gallagher's sermon on Zechariah and the Poor People's Campaign

Associate Conference Minister Wendy Vander Hart's blog "A Call to Join the Race"

Six from Conference Arrested at Poor People's Campaign Action by Tiffany Vail

Keep Your Eyes on the Man in the Handcuffs, by Kate Layzer

UCC Pastors Give Testimony at Poor People's Campaign Kickoff (5-16-18) by Tiffany Vail; includes remarks by ACM Kelly Gallagher

Prayers, Rallies and Arrests Mark Poor People's Campaign Launch, by National UCC

Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign: Week #3 – Militarism, the War Economy and Gun Violence

Six Massachusetts Conference members arrested at Poor People's Campaign action

UCC Members Take Part in Springfield Protest

DC Pastor Shackled, Held 27 Hours for Praying on Supreme Court Steps

It's Not About the Numbers, a blog by Wendy Vander Hart

Photo of the original Poor People's March in 1968 from the Poor People's Campaign website.


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Greater Boston "Spill the Tea" Tour

Sunday, April 28, 10-6 ~ Northeastern Crossing ~ 1175 Tremont Street, Boston  

The Greater Boston Spill the Tea Tour (as in the Boston Tea Party) is an act of protest against systemic poverty as the result of mass gentrification, displacement, homelessness, low wages and unfair healthcare access. The tour will leave from Northeastern Crossing at 10 a.m. and will include stops at the University in lower Roxbury, and in Methadone Mile where we will see the impact of addiction and homelessness. RSVP


The Third Reconstruction - a devotional series for UCC congregations, by the Rev. William J. Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Somebody's Hurting our People, and It's Gone on Far Too Long: A Bible Study designed by Benjamin Isaak-Krauss, for the Poor People’s Campaign

How Faith Communities Can Engage the Poor People's Campaign 

Declaration of Fundamental Rights

Poor People's Campaign website

Poor People's Campaign/Mass.

Repairers of the Breach website

Kairos Center website