On Monday, Sept. 16, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival kicked off the We Must Do M.O.R.E. Tour (Mobilize, Organize, Register, and Educate) in El Paso, TX. The National M.O.R.E. Tour highlights the work of the Poor People’s Campaign on the ground in 20+ states from September 2019 to May 2020, and will culminate in the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020, where thousands of poor people and moral agents will gather at the nation’s capitol to demonstrate our power.
For the first stop of the We Must Do M.O.R.E. Tour, the Campaign partnered with the Border Network for Human Rights in El Paso. On the first day of the tour, we held a powerful Mass Meeting at All Saints Episcopal Church. We continued over the next few days with community canvassing throughout border communities, and finished the tour with a march and rally in the main square in El Paso. At the rally, we proclaimed that next year, on June 20, 2020, the border would go to Washington!
The following interview between Aaron Noffke of the Institute for Policy Studies and Fernando Garcia, the founder and executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, was conducted as part of The Souls of Poor Folk Audit of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
In September, the House Judiciary Committee held a field hearing in El Paso on border policies and the relationship between anti-immigrant rhetoric and domestic terrorism. Fernando Garcia, Executive Director of the Border Network for Human Rights, testified at the hearing.
On Dec. 10, 2018, actress, playwright, and educator Anu Yadav joined hundreds of people as a part of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in the #LoveKnowsNoBorders action at the U.S./Mexico border. Read Anu's reflection on the event and view a photo essay of the action here.
Read Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis' statement following the racist attacks in El Paso and Dayton last weekend. With Rev. Dr. Theoharis and thousands of other poor people and moral leaders, we commit to breaking the silence and building a movement not just for a moment but for the long-haul.