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The Poor People's Campaign: An Opportunity to Put Our Values into Action

The Poor People's Campaign: An Opportunity to Put Our Values into Action

Black and white people standing with their back to the camera facing the US Capitol building

What would happen if poor and low-wealth people across the United States banded together to act for change? That’s the idea behind the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

This week, Rev. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, joined Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, for a Facebook Live conversation about how faith communities in the U.S. are mobilizing voters around economic and racial justice issues. This conversation was the third installment in a series of conversations related to Every Voice, Every Vote: The Reform Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign

"You can't understand Selma and the civil rights movements without understand Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., together," Rev. Barber explains. Watch this powerful conversation on the RAC's Facebook page or below to hear more about the work of the Poor People's Campaign and exactly why it matters so much right now.

On June 20th, join the Poor People’s Campaign, including the Reform Jewish Movement, for the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. Learn more at rac.org/poorpeoplescampaign.

To watch the other conversations in the Religious Action Center’s Facebook Live series:

  • White Supremacy: The first installment of this series featured Rabbi Pesner in conversation with Eric K. Ward, executive director of the Western States Center, about the threat of white supremacy in the U.S.
  • Voting Rights: The second conversation featured Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, speaking with Rabbi Pesner about voting rights and the 2020 election.
  • Systemic Racism: On June 15, watch live as Ilana Kaufman, executive director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, joins Rabbi Pesner for a conversation about responding to systemic racial injustice and what’s at stake in the 2020 election.
  • ...with more conversations to be announced soon.

Learn more about and get involved with the Reform community's civic engagement campaign at rac.org/cec. For ongoing updates on this campaign and the Reform Jewish community's work with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. Follow the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or subscribe to their emails.

Kate Kaput is the assistant director, messaging and branding, on the Union for Reform Judaism's marketing and communications team. In this role, she serves as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. A native of Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and an alumna of the Religious Action Center's Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Fellowship, Kate holds a degree in magazine journalism and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband.

Kate Kaput

Published: 6/11/2020

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