The Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) will host in-person marches and rallies in Madison and Raleigh, North Carolina, the home states of the co-chairs, on Monday, March 28, 5 p.m. as part of a national mobilization tour to build momentum for a mass poor people’s assembly and march on Washington, D.C. on June 18.
The actions, according to a press release from PPC, will call attention to the needs of the 44% of people – 4.5 million – in North Carolina who are poor and low-income and the 35% percent – or 2 million – in Wisconsin, along with the 140 million people nationally who were poor or low-income before COVID.
Co-chair Bishop William J. Barber II is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and president of Repairers of the Breach. Co-chair Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis was raised in Milwaukee in a family dedicated to social justice.
The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction and related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society.
In Madison, the program will begin at 5 p.m. on State Street and North Carroll Street and will proceed down State Street around the Wisconsin State Capitol. A rally will be held at First United Methodist Church at 6 p.m.