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The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

The Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) will unite tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. This campaign will consist of 40 days, during the months of May and June, of moral non-violent direct action, including a major action on Capitol Hill and in 39 state capitals every Monday.  

 

The dates for these actions are May 14May 21May 29 (Tuesday after Memorial Day)June 4June 11June 18, and a culminating event in Washington, DC on June 23. People of faith, as moral leaders, have been asked to come to Washington, DC and/or the state capitals across the country to join with impacted people and other activists in these Monday actions. 

 

The participants in each individual action will be given an hour-long training on the day of the action (for legal purposes). Below, please find a series of frequently asked questions and all up-to-date information we have about the campaign. We will post all updates on this page as we receive them. Please check back frequently for additional information. 

 

This year, Shavuot coincides with the beginning of the 40 days of Moral Action. Download our resource guide to engage in Torah study on concepts of restorative justice, racial justice, and criminal justice reform

 

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I sign up to participate?

Please fill out this form to join with other members of the Jewish community for the Poor People's Campaign 40 days of Moral Action. 

 

What does participation involve? 

There are two possible ways to engage—as part of the moral non-violent direct action and act of civil disobedience, or in a support role. Please complete this form to let the RAC know you are participating.

 

What will a Monday day of action in Washington, DC look like? 

For those participating in civil disobedience and risking arrest: these Mondays of action will begin at 10 AM a St. Mark's Episcopal Church (301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003). There will be a training for about 2 hours with all the legal and logistical information you need to know. After the training lunch will be provided, as well as some additional opportunity to connect with others. At about 1:30 PM the group will go together to a rally in front of the capital building. The rally will include those not participating in civil disobedience and will begin at about 2 PM with speakers and supporters, then the civil disobedience action will begin at about 3 PM. Those being arrested in DC will have to pay their fines in person in DC no sooner than 5 PM on the day following your arrest and within 15 days of the arrest. If you are traveling to D.C. from outside the area, plan your travel to allow time for paying your fine after 5 PM on the day following your arrest or plan to return to Washington D.C within 15 days.

For those NOT participating in civil disobedience: If you would like to play a role like jail support or serving as a marshal, you need to attend the 10 AM training at St Mark’s Episcopal Church and follow the above instructions. If you would like to come as a witness or supporter, you can meet with other members of the Jewish community at 1:45 PM at the bottom of the steps of the Supreme Court to walk over to the rally together. There will be a staff member to meet you there holding a "March Proudly" sign. The action will commence at about 3 PM. The day should end Monday late afternoon.

 

Who will be with me at the Monday actions in Washington, DC? 

Jewish leaders will come to DC for each one of these Monday actions. There will also be some members of the RAC staff accompanying those who choose to attend the action. If you want to join us please fill out this form so we can get in touch with you. 

 

What will a Monday day of action in a state capital look like? 

Each state organizing group will be planning the details of the local events. Please be in touch with your state group for additional details (contact information below). 

 

What should I wear? 

We have been asked to come dressed conspicuously in religious attire. The weather will likely be hot and humid, but we want to be sure to dress respectfully and keep in mind that photos of these actions will be taken and shared in social media and the press. If you would like to wear tallit or kippot, we encourage you to do so. You’ll be representing the Reform Movement and Jews across the country. Do so with pride! 

 

If have to travel, where will we be sleeping? Do I have to book a hotel? 

If you are traveling to Washington, DC or a state capital from a distance and will be staying overnight, you should plan to book a hotel for yourself. In order to maintain control of the message and events, the exact location of each week's action will not be announced publicly, but they are most likely taking place on or near Capitol Hill. We recommend booking hotels either near Capitol Hill or near a Metro stop that will allow you to make it easily to and from the Capital Hill area.  

 

Are any meals provided? 

Meals will not be provided by the Poor People's Campaign; you should plan accordingly and bring snacks.  

 

 

Contact your state's PPC representative for more information:

Additional information can be found on each state's Facebook page

Alabama 

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Alaska 

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Arizona 

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Arkansas 

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California 

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Colorado 

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Connecticut 

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Delaware 

 

Florida 

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Georgia 

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Illinois 

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Indiana 

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Iowa 

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Kansas 

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Kentucky 

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Louisiana 

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Maine 

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Maryland 

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Massachusetts 

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Michigan 

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Minnesota 

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Mississippi 

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Missouri 

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New Hampshire 

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New Jersey 

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New Mexico 

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New York 

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North Carolina 

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Ohio 

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Oregon 

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Pennsylvania 

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Rhode Island 

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South Carolina 

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Tennessee 

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Texas 

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Vermont 

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Washington 

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West Virginia 

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