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"Throughout America’s history — from abolition, to women’s suffrage, to labor and civil rights — real social change has come when impacted people have joined hands with allies of good will to stand together against injustice. These movements did not simply stand against partisan foes. They stood for the deep moral center of our Constitutional and faith traditions. Those deep wells sustained poor and impacted people who knew in their bones both that power concedes nothing without a fight and that, in the end, love is the greatest power to sustain a fight for what is right."

Dr. Rev. William Barber II, "America needs a new Poor People’s Campaign", full text available at

Fifty years ago Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and supporters launched the Poor People’s Campaign to fight against systemic racism, poverty and militarism.

In 2018, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival,
was rekindled by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis.

We are continuing MLK’s work and bringing people together for a moral movement to
challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, violence/militarism,
ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality.

To shift the currently distorted narrative we look to engaging the leadership
of those impacted, the clergy, and other community supporters.


The Poor People's Campaign of Western New York is actively working with organizational allies and is currently focused on health care for all, housing justice, voter registration and education, bail reform, and base building efforts.

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