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.
WATCH THE GATHERING ON THE WAR ECONOMY
Live from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, Bishop William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove host The Gathering: A Time for Reflection, Revival & Resistance on Nov. 5, 2017 to discuss the war economy in partnership with Veterans for Peace, CODEPINK, and the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Jonathan talks with an Iraq War Veteran and an Afghan activist about how the war economy has affected them personally. Bishop Barber and special guest, the Rev. Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, draw the connections between poverty and terrorism at home and abroad.
LISTEN TO THE GATHERING PODCAST ON THE WAR ECONOMY
TESTIMONIES OF IMPACTED PEOPLE
- The Islamic State group lost its capital, but U.S. military action has done more harm than good
- The president has abetted the collapse of a decaying system; Chomsky explains how
- Stop the Unconstitutional War in Yemen
Trillions Flushed Down a War-Spending Drain: The Crime, Contamination, and Immorality Being Funded by Your Tax Dollars
SCRIPTURAL & PROPHETIC REFERENCES
“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.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
– Isaiah 2:4
I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.
– John 10:10
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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
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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.