Reclaiming the Moral Narrative

Last Monday’s rally at the Des Moines capitol building was week 6 of the Poor People’s Campaign, with the theme “Reclaiming the Moral Narrative”.

From the Poor People’s Campaign handout:

As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., prophetically described 50 years ago, “There are millions of poor people in the country who have very little, or even nothing to lose. If they can be helped to take action together, they will do so with a freedom and a power that will be a new unsettling force in our complacent national life.”

“If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.”  Isaiah 58

We are a new and unsettling force. And we are powerful!

So many things that have occurred over the past year show the moral narrative eclipsed by selfishness, greed and intolerance. The Muslim travel ban, Charlottesville, Puerto Rico, dismantling of environmental protections, attacks on health care, a tax bill for the wealthy, inflated military spending, and the reprehensible taking of children from their families.

From Move On:

Thanks to powerful public pressure, the Trump administration has been forced to shift its outrageous treatment of immigrant children. We have momentum—but we’re far from done.

The executive order that Donald Trump signed today is not the solution. It allows the indefinite incarceration of immigrant families in federal prisons, and there is still no plan to reunify the thousands of families that have been forcibly separated. Which is why we must continue to stand together at hundreds of events nationwide on Saturday, June 30, to say that families belong together—and freeClick here to join the June 30 event near you to Keep Families Together and free and reject Trump’s brutal policies.

This Saturday’s event in Des Moines:

When:  Saturday, June 30 at 6 p.m. (local time)
Where: la placita
Des Moines, IA 50316

Many organizations will be joining the Poor People’s Campaign national rally this Saturday on the mall in Washington, DC. (flyer below).

Here is Rodger Routh’s video, “Reclaiming the Moral Narrative”, of our Poor People’s Campaign gatherings here in Iowa. This campaign is just getting started. Hopefully more and more will join.

 

PPC June 23rd flyer

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