The Campaign for the Poor is spending a moral Monday in March at the Los Angeles City Hall
Crowds of people marched in downtown Los Angeles on May 16 as part of a moral Monday march sponsored by a campaign for the poor, a national movement against racism, poverty and other disasters that are destroying communities across America.
Together with Bishop William J. Barber II, co-chair of the campaign, led the charge, participants walked half a mile along Spring Street and then gathered at City Hall to listen to speakers calling on all levels of government to immediately pass a law to help those in need.
“What does a nation do when 140 million people are poor or needy; when people die of poverty and when the poor die of COVID at a rate five times higher than the rich; and when the right to vote, the subsistence level, the justice of immigrants and the rights of women are under attack, ”Barber said.
“We must continue to organize and mobilize. That’s why we noticed that at this point we need to hold a mass assembly of poor and low-paid workers and a moral march on Washington and polling stations – to show those numbers face to face, call for moral reset and so on that rejected every race as well as people of faith and people of deep moral concern are supporters that we should hold mass moral meetings to start a season of deep devotion to help save the heart and soul of this nation and democracy, ”he insisted.
Rev. Dr. Liz Theocharis, also co-chair of the event, with the same fervent appeal called for change in the treatment of the poor and needy. She also noted the biblical roots of the rally demanding justice for people who are on the margins of society.
“Just before Jesus was killed, he protested and marched on Jerusalem. … And people were upset that people were getting organized and said they needed to be stopped. And Jesus answered, “If they had kept silence, the stones would have cried out,” said Theocharis.
Among those shouting was Dr. Wendsler Nozi Sr. of the Apache Fortress, who said evil sits in «the corporate world we live in that dismantles you as an individual, and as a community, and as a family. This is something we need to acknowledge directly, and if we acknowledge it, then we know the path we need to take and it will be useful to each of us. … It’s time – you were born in that moment. We are here at this moment to fight the greatest evil. ”
Monday’s action drew attention to the needs of 20 million – or 51% – Californians who are poor or low-income, and 140 million people nationwide who were poor or low-income to COVID, according to reports published by a campaign for the poor. : National Call for Moral Revival (PPC: NCMR).
The march took place when the nation achieved 1 million deaths from COVID and a few weeks after PPC: NCMR published a pandemic report of the poor that showed deadly differences between deaths from COVID in richer counties and in the poorer ones.
Emphasizing the disparities in wealth that exist among California residents, the speakers noted that the state generates $ 3.4 trillion, making California the world’s fifth largest economy. “And yet, the father of four children suffering from COVID-19 was sent home to die because the doctor said treating him would be too expensive,” his widow said during a rally in Los Angeles.
Another speaker stressed that “poverty is not a personal choice, but a choice of politics.” He noted that this policy devastated communities even before the COVID-19 pandemic, “250,000 people die of poverty in the United States every year.
Curtis Freeman of PPC Sacramento said he is in temporary housing funded by federal government funds. The arrangements were supposed to result in permanent housing, but the government is finalizing the program and residents will have to pay $ 800 a month to stay or be evicted.
“And in the end, they say they ran out of money. They ran out of money for housing for us. So they are extinguishing on July 1, ”he said.
Complaining about the number of homeless people living on the streets around City Hall, Bartholomew Perez of Fighting for 15 Los Angeles remarked: surrounded by poverty.
Nurbes Flint, senior director of leadership and engagement for blacks at the Parenting Planning Federation of America, added another point of view, saying, “I’ve known for too long we’ve been told that if we pull our starts, we’ve worked hard that we too can have a piece of the American dream.
“And I know that this contract has been terminated for too long. Since we are here in Los Angeles, with the largest number of homeless people in the country where you can work 80 hours a week and still not make ends meet, too many of us don’t have bots to tie. We have done everything they asked us to do, and we still continue to disappoint some politicians who play political games with our real life, ”she said.
The PPC stop in Los Angeles is part of a campaign mobilization tour that previously held rallies in Cleveland, Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina; New York and Philadelphia. The next rally will take place on May 23 in Memphis, Tens. The culmination of the tour will be a huge rally on June 18 in Washington