On June 20, join United Methodist Women and United Methodists in a virtual Poor People’s assembly and moral march on Washington. Register here: poorpeoplescampaign.org
Poor People's Campaign reminds us that “Everyone has a Right to Live.” The turmoil in our nation reveals long-term structural injustice, and we cannot go back to an untenable “normal.” The Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the campaign, observes that:
"Long before COVID-19 came to our shores, 140 million Americans were poor and low income. Seven hundred people were dying every day from poverty in this nation before we declared a national emergency. Eighty million people were uninsured or under-insured… The lethal violence of racist officers is only one manifestation of the systemic racism… George Floyd’s murder comes after the compounded death and deadliness of a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on poor and low-income communities across this nation. More than 100,000 people have said, 'I can’t breathe,' as this disease choked them to death."
United Methodist Women is a national faith member of the Poor People’s Campaign and serves on their Prophetic Council of faith leaders. You will also hear about Poor People’s Campaign demands for voting rights and a just economy and how you can connect to the campaign in your state for local faith and community responses.
Building on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign of 50 years ago, the campaign addresses the intersecting realities of poverty, racism, environmental degradation and militarism, including state violence in communities of color in the U.S. It integrates United Methodist Women priorities of Economic Inequality, Racial Justice and Ending Mass Incarceration, Climate Justice and Maternal Health. It advocates for strengthening our democracy and voting rights in order to achieve the goals of an ambitious transformative agenda. See the Campaign's full statement here.
Rev. Liz Theoharis prays,
"God of justice and truth, we lift up to you 140 million of your people who are being abandoned in the midst of abundance and the millions more being impacted by this public health crisis. Grant us the wisdom to know that plague in the Bible is not a storm weathered before a return to normalcy; it is a call to come together in new ways in order to survive, to hold the powerful responsible for unjust policies and lies, and to rebuild foundations of love and justice. Grant us the courage to press on as we resist the degradation of human life and the temptation of the powerful to profit from pandemic. Grant us the love to do your will—to preach good news to the poor and comfort to the broken and broken hearted. May we know that we are called to make earth as it is in heaven. And since it is your will, may we make it so. Amen."
You can find ongoing announcements on United Methodist Women's Facebook page as well as on United Methodist Women Economic Inequality Initiative and United Methodists Engage in Poor People’s Campaign Facebook pages. Register at poorpeoplescampaign.org and join us on June 20th