Poor People’s Campaign Plans to Bring Nonviolent Action to Austin
AUSTIN, Texas – The Poor’s Campaign and its partners will continue their season of nonviolent moral direct action with a rally, march and sit-in Monday at the Phoenix office of Senator Kyrsten Sinema to demand that it take action to protect democracy.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Co-Chair of the Poor Campaign: A National Call for Moral Renewal; Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson and Transformative Justice Coalition chairperson Barbara Arnwine have been invited by Arizona leaders to join the rally, march and non-violent sit-in.
They demand an end to the systematic obstruction; the adoption of the law for the people in its entirety; reinstating full voting rights law and a federal minimum wage of $ 15 / hour.
Hundreds of affected Arizonans will join the rally and march, with at least 20 intending to participate in the sit-in, including Jackson, Barber, Arnwine, Doug Moore, executive director of United Domestic Workers, Arizona State Sen . Martin Quezada, prominent local Black Clergy, community leaders and other religious leaders in Arizona.
On Moral Monday, campaigners for the poor in about 40 states will take action at U.S. Senate offices in their home states. The actions will take place at different times of the day and can then be seen in an online schedule at 8 p.m. ET.
Next week, the campaign and its partners will hold a 27-mile march from Georgetown to Austin to nationalize the assault on voting rights taking place in Texas. It will culminate with a rally on Saturday, July 31 at the Austin State Capitol, which will be followed by a march of clergy and religious leaders with poor and low-wage workers on August 2 in DC.
The campaign kicked off a season of nonviolent direct moral action with a press conference and appeal to all U.S. Senate offices on July 12. On July 19, nearly 100 women were arrested as they demonstrated in the streets of Washington, DC
The sit-in comes just days after Republican senators obstructed the initial vote on the bipartisan infrastructure deal brokered by Senator Sinema. Last month, a Republican filibuster also blocked passage of a vital voting rights bill, the For the People Act, despite majority support for the bill.
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