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June 25, 2020

OVERDUE: Economic Rights Too Long Denied


Join us on Thursday, June 25, at 12:00 ET (UTC -4) for a discussion on how to confront and eradicate poverty and racism.

- Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair at the Poor People's Campaign and Director, Kairos Center at Union Seminary

- Minister Savina Martin, Statewide Coordinator, Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign and National Advisor, National Union of the Homeless

- Karin Ryan, Sr. Advisor on Human Rights, The Carter Center (moderator)

In his last days, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called together the poor across race and ethnic lines to form the Poor People's Campaign to demand human rights, including the right to a job or income. Civil rights, he said, were not enough on their own to lift the poor out of entrenched poverty and disenfranchisement, to really dismantle structural racism, or end the Vietnam War.

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Black Americans the hardest, alongside global uprisings against anti-Black violence, The Forum on Human Rights will discuss new opportunities to demand policies that realize all human rights for all.

While Black Americans have for 400 years lived the cruel realities resulting from white supremacy, white Americans are increasingly waking up to the urgent need for fundamental change.

Our panel will explore these questions, building on the momentum of the June 20th Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, where millions of people from around the world tuned in to see how a Poor People's Campaign today is organizing to take on the interlocking injustices of racism, poverty, war economy, environmental devastation, and distorted moral and religious narratives.

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Forum Admin: 12:43 pm

Legislative and Policy Priorities of The Poor People's Campaign:

Private Member 1: 12:49 pm

So much of religion has developed by controlling men for their own benefit. Because of that I cannot accept that care of/for the poor and the wonderful things that Dr. Theoharis spoke is based on those same religions as the basis for a moral budget or full recognition and implementation of universal human rights. Where else can I turn for engagement other than a religious based movement?


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