The Moral Movement and the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, march at the University of New Mexico in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia.
On August 15, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Samia Assed, who is a board member of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice and part of the organizing committee for the Mass Meeting, also organized a pre-meeting rally and march from the University of New Mexico to the church where the Mass Meeting was held. Hundreds of primarily black, brown, and queer young people along with clergy and people of faith shut down the thoroughfares as they processed to the church for the meeting.
Samia Assed Albuquerque, New Mexico
Samia Assed is a Muslim Palestinian woman. She is the mother of 9 children. (Some of whom were at the press conference, march, rally, and Mass Meeting). Growing up, her Palestinian community was very close, and closed. It was only later in life that she became involved in community organizing, and that outreach came as a result of her children. Several of her children were involved in producing a youth radio program that addressed social and human rights issues in the community. In the radio program, her children identified and explored problems faced by the indigenous community, people affected by environmental destruction, victims of human trafficking, poverty, and healthcare injustice. It became obvious to Samia that all these problems were interrelated - not only the problems, but also the paths and strategies necessary to address their solutions. She sought to instill in others the universal acknowledgement that people should have the right to a dignified life, replete with access to all fundamental human rights.
The Moral Revival Mass Meeting is a part of a 15-state public event tour, which includes stops in Charlotte, North Carolina (Aug. 9), Albuquerque, New Mexico (Aug. 15), Topeka, Kansas (Aug. 21), Louisville, Kentucky (Aug. 25), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Aug. 28), Detroit, Michigan (Sept. 5), Birmingham, Alabama (Sept. 12), Los Angeles, California (Sept. 19), Chicago, Illinois (Oct. 12), Binghamton, New York (Oct. 17), Boston, Massachusetts (Oct. 19), El Paso, Texas (Oct. 22), Seattle, Washington (Nov. 6), Jackson, Mississippi (Nov. 13), and the District of Columbia (Dec. 4).
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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.