The struggles of people across the country are interlocked in their fundamental opposition to the violence that degrades and kills life. The forces that unleash and benefit from this violence and who divide the struggles against it are mighty, but they are few. A movement to unite the many is gaining strength and momentum. This episode takes us to the front lines of those struggles and introduces us to some of the leaders who are helping to bring a movement together and to realize a world free from the evils of poverty, racism, militarism, and environmental degradation.
What is poverty? Who are the poor? Why is there poverty? This episode presents both the scale and scope of poverty and underscores how the poor are not only victims of injustice but leaders in the effort to end it — and to envision alternatives. From rural Aberdeen, Washington, where the community confronts crises of opioid addiction, youth incarceration, and job loss, to Flint, Michigan where poor mothers fight the forces that poisoned their water, to the workers of Fight for $15, who have built a national struggle for a living wage, we meet some of the leaders of this movement and see how poverty crosses the divides of race, gender, age, and geography.
In this episode, we discover what moves activists forward when each day they must wake up and fight in pursuit of righteousness.
Through preaching, prayer, music, art and theater we witness the spiritual and ancestral connections that empower and reinforce a moral imperative: We must overcome.
From small churches in the Pacific Northwest to charismatic pastors in the South, the New Poor People’s Campaign follows the steps that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. set out by championing a divine moral law that seeks to liberate the poor across our country.