The Gathering: The war economy is killing our nation's spirit

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The United States spends more money on war than on programs to house, feed, provide health care for the people. Although we call our veterans the nation’s heroes, we fail to provide them and their families with adequate pay, quality health care, and other needed supports to prepare and return from war. 

As people of faith and moral conscience, we denounce war-mongering and efforts to create more conflict and division within and between nations, and demand that our legislators support programs that combat this resource inequality and instead promote the life and livelihood of all human beings.

Join us on Sunday, Nov. 5 at The Gathering, co-hosted by Bishop William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh and via livestream, where we'll hear how the war economy is affecting our communities, and how we can join in the struggle for peace.

WATCH THE LIVESTREAM ON NOV. 5 AT 6PM ET

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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: A Time for Reflection, Revival & Resistance 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.