I joined the Poor People’s Campaign because I sensed that it has more transformative potential than anything that’s come along in over five decades. In a previous article I praised the PPC for its dynamic leadership, organizational skills, social media savvy, courageous and compassionate members and its palpable camaraderie. This left-wing atheist has felt welcome from the outset. I’ve gained this impression from participation in the movement, including recent civil disobedience actions. My positive feelings were reinforced by the recent June 4th rally and direct action at the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA., in which 31 members were arrested for blocking an entrance to the building.
Drawing upon extensive research by the Institute for Policy Studies, the PPC is clearly exposing the “Four Evils” of poverty, racism, ecological devastation and our war economy, the most egregious maladies of our system. Linking these indisputable facts with a potent social justice based moral message is an indispensable first measure. There’s also an appreciation for the fact that morale is enhanced by getting out of oneself to observe or participate in small acts of rebellion in the streets.
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