Poor People’s Campaign Resources

From May 14-June 22, 2018, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival launched 40 days of “nonviolent moral fusion direct action,” calling on our country to change course on the deep moral crises that threaten our democracy and our survival. T’ruah supported the campaign in a variety of ways, including by publishing text studies in support of the campaign’s six major themes, one each week.

Also read Rabbi Debra Kolodny’s Torah from T’ruah introducing the Poor People’s Campaign with the theme of Yovel.

Week One (May 14-19)

Somebody’s Hurting Our People: Poverty Overwhelmingly Targets the Most Vulnerable—Children, Women, LGBTQIA+, and People with Disabilities

Note: Rabbi Rubenstein adapted the above text study into this essay published in JTA.

Week Two (May 20-26)

Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Ending Mass Incarceration, and Justice for Immigrants

Week Three (May 27-June 2)

Militarism, The War Economy, the Proliferation of Weapons of War: Treatment of Veterans, Education and Our National Priorities

(Photo by Gili Getz)

Week Four (June 3-9)

Ecological Devastation and Health: Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthcare for All

Week Five (June 10-16)

Everybody’s Got a Right to Live: Jobs, Income, the Right to Organize and Housing

Note: Rabbi Rothbaum adapted the above text study into this article published in The Forward.

Week Six (June 17-22)

A New and Unsettling Force: A Fusion Movement Rising Up in Response to a False Moral Narrative