The refusal of many state legislatures to expand Medicaid has left millions of the poorest Americans without health insurance. This deprives many of preventative care and causes thousands every year to die unnecessarily. All elected officials should support the expansion of Medicaid.
The Affordable Care Act has put our country on a path toward access to universal healthcare. All elected officials should support a healthcare system that is affordable and accessible for everyone, as well as transparent and accountable to the communities who use it.
Hospitals are being closed in rural and urban areas across the country at an alarming rate. All elected officials should support the funding of rural and urban hospitals so as to prevent their closure and the devastation of communities across the country.
A woman’s right to control her own healthcare decisions are being threatened throughout the country. All elected officials should support the right of women to determine their own healthcare options.
WATCH THE GATHERING ON HEALTHCARE
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.
LISTEN TO THE GATHERING PODCAST ON HEALTHCARE
TESTIMONIES OF IMPACTED PEOPLE
SCRIPTURAL & PROPHETIC REFERENCES
"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
Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. Then a leper appeared and went to his knees before Jesus, praying, “Master, if you want to, you can heal my body.” Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone.
– Matthew 8: 1-4
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane."
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We the People of the United States, in Order to promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
– Preamble of the Constitution of the United States
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.