New Poor People's Campaign and New Poor Children's Campaign

Repairers of the Breach is partnering with the Kairos Center to spearhead a new Poor People's Campaign and new Poor Children's Campaign. Click here to read more about the campaign. 

On Dec. 31st, 2016 Repairers of the Breach President and Senior Lecturer, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II is joined by Theo-Musicologist Yara Allen to open the New Poor People's Campaign Teach-In held on New Years Eve just hours prior to a Watch Night Service that was held at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC.  Clergy and supporters from all over country met at the National City Christian Church to take part in the Teach-In to become better educated on the issues facing America - specifically the poor and destitute - and better equipped on how to bring about change.

Part One | Why a Poor People's Campaign?
Shailly Gupta Barnes and Larry Cox of the Kairos Center, and Rev. Erica Williams of Repairers of the Breach, lay out the case for why there is a need for a New Poor People's Campaign just as the one originally environed by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fifty years ago.

 Part Two | Voting Rights
Bishop Tonyia Rawls of The Freedom Center for Social Justice discusses how voter suppression is used to hurt the poor.

Part Three | Race and Poverty Audit
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. uses a powerful personal story to illustrate the impotence of what an Race and Poverty Audit is vital in America.

Part Four | Poverty, Economic Inequality and Race
Dr. Robert Johnson of the Institute of New Economic Thinking gives a detailed presentation on what has affected our economy and the 2016 Presidential election.

Part Five | Health Care
Social Justice Organizer Carla Christopher and Justice Action Mobilization Network National Director Joel Segal, talk about how a costly health care system adversely affects the people who can't afford it.

Part Six | Militarism and the Cost of War
Jodie Evans of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and Jonathan Huto, a national member of Veterans for Peace, discuss how a war economy hurts mostly the poor and destitute.

Part Seven | Ecological Devastation and Climate Change
Karenna Gore of the Center for Earth Ethics and Catherine Flowers of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise, discuss the adverse impact that ecological devastation and climate change have on poor communities.