Official launch video for the national Poor People’s Campaign (above)
MANCHESTER, NH — Thursday night 60 people from around the state met at Brookside Congregational Church on Elm Street to create a Poor People’s Campaign for New Hampshire.
The new organization will focus on planning 40 days of moral action starting on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018, in alliance with groups across the country. Members will participate in the Martin Luther King Day event on January 15 at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Hanover Street.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, founded by the Rev. William Barber II, aims to 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. It continues an initiative begun 50 years ago by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he turned his focus to uniting poor people across lines of race and geography and pushing their priorities onto the federal agenda.
The New Hampshire group has three co-chairs: Rev. Eric Jackson, minister of Brookside Congregational Church, Rev. Jason Wells of Grace Episcopal Church in Concord, and Executive Director of the NH Council of Churches, and Adol Mashut of Manchester, who is the organization’s youth director.
Organizers of Thursday’s gathering included the American Friends Service Committee, UU Action NH, the Greater Manchester Branch of the NAACP, the Granite State Organizing Project, the NH Council of Churches and NH Voices of Faith.