Poverty in America is a moral outrage. The soul of our nation is at stake

The government has declared war on the poor, the working class, people of color, etc.: So it’s up to the 99 percent to fight back. We need to take to the streets. The same way the civil rights movement did in the 1960s. Either we agitate or descend into a totalitarian state. It’s already happening under Trump and the GOP (the Democrats are awol):

Half a century later, the conditions that motivated the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign have only worsened, making the need for a new moral movement more urgent than ever. Compared to 1968, 60% more Americans are living below the official poverty line today – a total of 41 million people. The gap between our government’s discretionary spending on the military versus anti-poverty programs has grown from two-to-one at the height of the Vietnam war to four-to-one today.

That’s why, this month, poor and disenfranchised people along with clergy and moral leaders nationwide launched the Poor People’s Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival, to challenge the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and our distorted national morality.

The most radical, progressive shifts in US history occurred when concerned citizens across racial lines come together.

The observations by the United Nations published this week are an urgent alarm bell for the moral emergency facing the country. As King did 50 years ago and Alston did earlier this month, we will travel the country to make sure the poor are not ignored. But it is not enough to bear witness. If we are to save the soul of this country from the poverty that is killing us, we must act, we must agitate, we must cause some righteous trouble.

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