AFSCME President Lee Saunders will be speaking at the Poor People’s Campaign’s Global Day of Solidarity in Washington on Saturday, alongside AFSCME member Renita Smith. Both will talk about the crucial role public service workers play in our communities and the need for continued activism to protect the freedoms working families have earned.
The themes taken up by the Poor People’s Campaign reflect many of the same goals of AFSCME’s I AM 2018 campaign, which seeks to reignite a national conversation around racial and economic justice.
Over the past two years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has reached out to communities in more than 30 states across this nation. The Poor People’s Campaign ends on June 23.
Invoking the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s original Poor People’s Campaign, which King led up until his assassination in 1968 while supporting AFSCME sanitation workers, the revived Poor People’s Campaign has taken shape through rallies, marches, conversations and other events meant to show the tremendous progress that still needs to be made in addressing the plight of the poor and dispossessed. Fifty years after its predecessor, staggering gaps in inequality among our country’s citizens remain common.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, are calling on people stand up to racism and corporate greed, and are leading the charge to “unite the poor, disenfranchised and marginalized to take action together, combining direct action with grassroots organizing, voter registration, power building and nonviolent civil disobedience.”