The Gathering: Fighting for a Living Wage

Live from Raleigh, North Carolina, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove co-host this monthly program to equip communities with resources for faithful reflection and public action on moral issues. The Gathering includes an introduction to a moral issue, immersion in freedom songs that inform how we engage the issue, an interview with folks directly impacted by the issue, and a theological engagement with the issue that names a specific call to moral action. September's issue is LIVING WAGE in partnership with Fight For $15 on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 6-7:30pm EST at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 

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The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement – rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings – to unite our country from the bottom up.

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 & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.

We need a new Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.

The Gathering is a highly spiritual/issue-based monthly program to equip our community with resources for faithful reflection and public action on moral issues, produced in North Carolina by Repairers of the Breach.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Calls On All Political Leaders To Denounce The Hate-Driven Violence Of White Nationalist Groups As Well As The Political Agenda They Promote

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, and Member of the College of Accepting and Affirming Bishops, calls on all political leaders to denounce the hate-driven violence of white nationalist groups as well as the political agenda they promote:
 
The words of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel speak to all Americans as we face the moral crisis of white nationalists beating, killing, and intimidating fellow Americans in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
          And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye,
          But considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
 
          How wilt thou say to thy brother,
          Let me pull the mote out of thine eye;
          And, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
 
         And then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote from thy             
         brother's eye. (Matthew 7:3-5, KJV)


Our political leaders, from President Trump, Paul Ryan & Mitch McConnell to senior leadership among the Democrats, have said they oppose the violent white supremacy that killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens in Charlottesville. And we should. We should hold her and her family in deep love and prayer as well as all those emotionally and physically injured.
 
The test of any politician, however, is the policy they pursue. Will these same political leaders renounce the mean-spirited, race-driven and socially violent policy agenda of white supremacy that precipitated and emboldened the actions and attitude of white supremacist and nationalists? Will they stand together to embrace a moral agenda that works to reconstruct America?
 
These are the questions we must ask of our political leaders after Charlottesville.

  • Will they issue a Joint Call and Resolution for the dismantling of all alt-right (i.e. white nationalist) policies and the immediate termination for cause of all government personnel who promote race-hatred from inside the White House, including Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller?
  • Will they fully reinstate the Voting Rights Act to stop racist voter suppression and gerrymandering?
  • Will they acknowledge the racist voter suppression practices in 2016 and endorse the unanimous decision of SCOTUS about racial gerrymandering in North Carolina?
  • Will they stop racializing Obamacare and claiming everything Obama did is bad, following the white nationalist narrative?
  • Will they stop racist attacks on immigrants and oppose the RAISE Act and extreme deportation policies that are tearing undocumented families apart?
  • Will they condemn political rhetoric and policies that target the LGBTQ, Jewish, and Islamic communities?
  • Will they renounce the use of racial fear to justify the continued escalation of a war on terror and the perpetuation of a war economy of limitless growth?Will they challenge and stop Attorney General Sessions from ending affirmative action?
  • Will they increase and call for support of federal investigation of unarmed blacks killed by police?
  • Will they repent of how silent they were when Trump promoted birtherism to the delight of all white nationalists for years as he was building a racist base for his campaign?
  • Will they say clearly, "White nationalists don't care about the poor and working poor of white America. They don’t support living wages for the working poor. They don’t support health care for the poor and the working poor. They support the kind of policies that would take those things from people.”
  • Will President Trump and the evangelicals who have embraced him repent of the race-baiting and hate-baiting Trump used in his campaign and continues to use? Or will they keep silent and continue to consecrate his actions with their prayers and support?

To say you are against white supremacy without standing against the rhetoric that emboldens white supremacists and the policies they endorse reeks of a terrible ignorance or deliberate hypocrisy. First, remove the beam from your own eye. First, drain your own swamp.
 
After Charlottesville, our nation is presented with a clear fork in the road. We must make a moral choice. We can take the righteous road of repair, as we were urged to do by the realistic recommendations of the Kerner Commission, following several major riots in our largest cities in 1967. Or we can, as we did half a century ago, follow those who would lead our nation down the road of denial and retreat.
 
Instead of repairing the social, moral, and cultural infrastructure of God’s human family, much of the party of Lincoln —the Republican Party—left their founders’ better angels and embraced instead the divide-and-conquer politics of racial fear. Nixon’s Southern Strategy began systematically pandering to powerful white nationalist groups which were the infrastructure of the old southern Democratic Party. Nixon, quite sensitive about his failing to achieve a majority vote in 1968, set out to add all of Wallace’s voters to his column by 1972. This strategy included inviting white nationalists who had run the Democratic Party’s county and state organizations for a century of slavery and another century of segregation into leadership of the Republican Party in the ex-slave states.
 
But today’s Democrats are also not totally absolved in these matters. Many Democrats refuse to name and confront policy driven racism and instead attempt to frame every issue in economic terms for the white middle and working class. This cannot continue. We can’t talk about racism only when a Charlottesville happens. All parties must face the political agenda of white nationalism and denounce it line by line.
 
Let us be clear: white supremacy is not now nor has it ever been a strictly Southern sin. The statue of Robert E. Lee for which extremists in Charlottesville were willing to kill was installed during the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat from New Jersey, after he played “Birth of a Nation” in the White House. 100 years before Donald Trump and the Republican Party courted white nationalists, Wilson used this nation’s bully pulpit to uplift the narrative of white nationalism. Racism is not a partisan or regional issue in America. It is our nation’s original sin.
 
To condemn racism and hate while condoning the policies of white nationalism under the cover of a so-called conservatism is not condemnation at all. Dr. Eddie Glaude of Princeton University reminds us in a TIME article of James Baldwin's insight into America's racial sickness. "But these condemnations all seem a little too easy to me," Glaude writes. "No matter their intentions, they smack of a certain kind of sentimentality. As James Baldwin noted, sentimentality is 'the mark of dishonesty;…the mask of cruelty.'"
 
Still, we know that another way is possible. Following this nation’s Civil War, during Reconstruction, and again during the Second Reconstruction of the 1950s and 60s, moral leaders came together from both sides of the aisle to repent of this nation’s sins and turn toward rebuilding a nation for all. Every effort for reconstruction in America has required a movement of people coming together across the diving lines of race, class, and party to engage our deepest moral traditions and imagine new possibilities. Now is the time for a Third Reconstruction in America. We who believe in freedom insist that we are going forward together, not one step back.

Love, justice, and truth are our only way out. We need love for one another that is honest about how we got here; love that is not afraid to speak truth to this nation; and love that wants justice for all.

 

 

 

“The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival” Kicks Off National Tour In Charlotte

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will travel to 15 states between August 9 and November 14 to discuss issues of systemic racism and poverty with moral activists in each state.

CHARLOTTE - On Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00 pm at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival kicks off a 15-state public event tour to address issues of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation in the states.

The events are being co-led by grassroots organizations, local faith leaders, and other people of conscience, as well as the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

In addition to North Carolina, public events will take place in New Mexico, Kansas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alabama, California, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, Mississippi, and the District of Columbia.  

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is being co-organized by Repairers of the Breach; the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice; the Popular Education Project; and over 40 local and national partners.

This organizing effort aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor and dispossessed and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.

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.

It draws on the history, vision, and unfinished work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign that called for a “revolution of values” in America, inviting people who had been divided to stand together against the “triplets of evil”— systemic racism, poverty, and militarism – to insist that people need not die from poverty in the richest nation to ever exist.

About the need for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, President of Repairers of the Breach and architect of the Moral Mondays Forward Together Movement, as well as Co-Chair of the Campaign, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II says, “The twin forces of white supremacy and unchecked corporate greed have gained newfound power and influence, both in statehouses across this nation and at the highest levels of our federal government.

As our social fabric is stretched thin by widening income inequality, politicians criminalize the poor, fan the flames of racism and xenophobia to divide the poor, and steal from the poor to give tax breaks to our richest neighbors and budget increases to a bloated military. At such a time as this, we need a Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Revival to help us become the nation we’ve not yet been.”

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary and Co-Chair of the Campaign adds, “These are difficult and dangerous days. 1 in 2 Americans are poor or low-income; immigrants, Muslims, the homeless, youth are under attack; upwards of 32 million people will lose their health care under Trumpcare; 65 million workers make less than $15/hour and some states are actually lowering their minimum wages; there are millions living without clean water and sanitation services; voting rights are being suppressed; wars are waging across the world and intensifying. These and many other crises mean it is urgent we build a Poor People’s Campaign today.”

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. The Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018.

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The Gathering: The Moral Resistance Against Detention and Deportation

When the law of a president of a country is out of law with the architect of the universe, God’s moral law demands we engage in and support sanctuary for our brothers and sisters.
— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

The raids, deportation, and detention of our undocumented neighbors undermines due process, threatens the safety of our communities, negatively affects our economy, and violates our deepest moral values. Live from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove co-hosted The Gathering on August 6, 2017 to discuss the moral issue of immigration in partnership with the National Sanctuary Movement. We heard from Pastor José Chicas, who is resisting his deportation order with the support of his community in Sanctuary at the School for Conversion, and DACA-mented organizer Isabel Castillo

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In July 2017, an interfaith coalition in Raleigh, North Carolina welcomed undocumented father and community member Pastor José Chicas of Iglesia Evangelica into Sanctuary to resist his deportation order. 

Please join us in asking that ICE grant Pastor José relief.

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JOIN THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement – rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings – to unite our country from the bottom up.

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 & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.

We need a new Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.

The Gathering is a highly spiritual/issue-based monthly program to equip our community with resources for faithful reflection and public action on moral issues, produced in North Carolina by Repairers of the Breach.

The Gathering: Voting rights are the heart of our democracy

If you valued your democracy, you would want everybody to be empowered and working towards the common good.
— Council Member Maria Palmer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Live from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove co-hosted The Gathering on July 2, 2017. We heard an analysis on the recent and historical attacks on voting rights, discussed why voting rights are a moral issue, and listened to community members Rosanell Eaton and Maria Palmer on how voter suppression has affected them at the intersections of race and immigration. 

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The Gathering is a highly spiritual/issue-based monthly program to equip our community with resources for faithful reflection and public action on moral issues, produced in North Carolina by Repairers of the Breach.

The Gathering: Putting a face on U.S. healthcare policies

Until we address poverty, until we address systemic issues, we will continue to be participants in the death and murders of millions of people.
— Rebekah Barber

Our inaugural Gathering in North Carolina on June 4, 2017 features co-hosts the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove shifting the moral narrative on the U.S. healthcare debate through an hour of storytelling, music, interviews with community organizers and impacted people, and a powerful call to join the new Poor People’s Campaign. 

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The Gathering is a highly spiritual/issue-based monthly program to equip our community with resources for faithful reflection and public action on moral issues, produced in North Carolina by Repairers of the Breach.