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Poor People's Campaign 2018: Rally in Sacramento
Date Monday June 18
Time 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM
Location Details
California State Capitol building, 1315 10th St B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorPoor People's Campaign
EmailCalifornia [at]
POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN 2018: Rally in the California State Capital

In the face of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy/militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism — we must engage in mass nonviolent moral direct action. We must declare that we won't be silent anymore about the war on the poor!

When: June 18, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Where: California State Capitol North Steps, 1315 10th St B-27, Sacramento 95814


8:30am-9am: Arrive Sign-up for Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action and support role training @ Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St, Sacramento 95814. If you are participating in Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action, or supporting as a Marshal, Medic or Peacekeeper you must join this training. (even if you have already been trained!)

8:30am-12:00pm: Final Training for everyone planning on participating in the Direct Action or as a Marshal or Peacekeeper.

12:30pm: Rally at NORTH CAPITOL STEPS

VOLUNTEER: Are you able to help volunteer with set-up or take down of the campaign? The revolution requires the dishwashers and movers.

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The Bay Area Carpooling: Please fill out this form and local organizer will be in touch soon:

PARKING FOR DAY OF EVENT: IF YOU WANT FREE PARKING FOR THE DAY YOU CAN PARK AT TARGET (2505 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento) and a shuttle will take you to the church for training or the rally. Call or text Mario to let him know when you need a shuttle: 916 224-4400. If you do end up getting arrested and kept overnight your car is allowed to stay parked there. Otherwise you can park your car in a garage downtown for an average of $15/day.


Over the past two years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has reached out to communities in more than 30 states across this nation. We have met with tens of thousands of people, witnessing the strength of their moral courage in trying times. We have gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and we have chronicled their demands for a better society. "The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America" report reveals how the evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy and militarism are persistent, pervasive, and perpetuated by a distorted moral narrative that must be challenged.

We must stop the attention violence that refuses to see these injustices and acknowledge the human and economic costs of inequality. We believe that when decent people see the faces and facts that the Souls of Poor Folk Audit presents, they will be moved deeply in their conscience to change things.

When confronted with the undeniable truth of unconscionable cruelty to our fellow human beings, we must join the ranks of those who are determined not to rest until justice and equality are a reality for all.


1. We are rooted in a moral analysis based on our deepest religious and constitutional values that demand justice for all. Moral revival is necessary to save the heart and soul of our democracy.

2. We are committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation and to building unity across lines of division.

3. We believe in the dismantling of unjust criminalization systems that exploit poor communities and communities of color and the transformation of the “War Economy” into a “Peace Economy” that values all humanity.

4. We believe that equal protection under the law is non-negotiable.

5. We believe that people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist. Blaming the poor and claiming that the United States does not have an abundance of resources to overcome poverty are false narratives used to perpetuate economic exploitation, exclusion, and deep inequality.

6. We recognize the centrality of systemic racism in maintaining economic oppression must be named, detailed and exposed empirically, morally and spiritually. Poverty and economic inequality cannot be understood apart from a society built on white supremacy.

7. We aim to shift the distorted moral narrative often promoted by religious extremists in the nation from issues like prayer in school, abortion, and gun rights to one that is concerned with how our society treats the poor, those on the margins, the least of these, women, LGBTQIA folks, workers, immigrants, the disabled and the sick; equality and representation under the law; and the desire for peace, love and harmony within and among nations.

8. We will build up the power of people and state-based movements to serve as a vehicle for a powerful moral movement in the country and to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society.

9. We recognize the need to organize at the state and local level—many of the most regressive policies are being passed at the state level, and these policies will have long and lasting effect, past even executive orders. The movement is not from above but below.

10. We will do our work in a non-partisan way—no elected officials or candidates get the stage or serve on the State Organizing Committee of the Campaign. This is not about left and right, Democrat or Republican but about right and wrong.

11. We uphold the need to do a season of sustained moral direct action as a way to break through the tweets and shift the moral narrative. We are demonstrating the power of people coming together across issues and geography and putting our bodies on the line to the issues that are affecting us all.

12. The Campaign and all its Participants and Endorsers embrace nonviolence. Violent tactics or actions will not be tolerated.

Article on Poor People's Campaign renewed 50 years after Martin Luther's King Jr's call for poverty justice in 1968 ("Sacramento Bee"):
Added to the calendar on Friday Jun 15th, 2018 2:12 PM

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