Poor People’s Campaign 40 Days of Moral Action: Kairos Toolkit

During the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s 40 Days of Moral Action, each week lifts up a theme through through a series of events beginning Sunday evening. The weekly events around the theme include a Mass Meeting (Sunday evening), Moral Monday (nonviolent moral fusion direction action in our state capitals and Washington, D.C.), Teaching Tuesday (educational events), Theomusicology Thursday (movement arts and cultural events) and Faithful Friday/Saturday/Sunday worship in faith communities. 

These resources — including new featured blog posts for each week, pieces from our archive, liturgical and religious resources, and graphics — were created and compiled by Kairos Center members as a contribution to the Campaign. They are available for use by anyone who wants to learn more about the Campaign or promote its weekly themes.

To use this toolkit for social media, share the image associated with a blog post by clicking on it to download a full-resolution version and use the “Post Text” as your caption.

Week One (May 13–19)

Somebody’s Hurting Our People: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty

Featured Blog Posts:

Barbara Smith and NYS Poor People’s Campaign: Women in Poverty, Women in Leadership

Post Text: Women’s voices must be heard! This spring @nysppc organized a #PoorPeoplesCampaign event in NYS hosted by @emilywestmc & @TheBarbaraSmith on how racism, poverty, war, & environmental devastation affect the lives of women & how women organize to fight them: http://bit.ly/Week1BarbaraSmith

Post Text: Kymlee Dorsey on women in poverty & leadership: “I started realizing I am part of the #PoorPeoplesCampaign…I believe that from this group we all will go out and become these little ripples that will start to unite our world.” @nysppc http://bit.ly/Week1BarbaraSmith

Rev. Dr Liz Theoharis: The Persistent Widow and the Power of Poor People

Post Text: “I tell you tonight. We are this persistent widow. We need justice … And we will keep coming back, and coming back, and coming back. And we will win. I believe that we will win.” Read @liztheo’s powerful sermon for Week 1 of the #PoorPeoplesCampaign: http://bit.ly/Week1RevTheoharis

From Our Archive:

Aaron Scott, Queer and Trans Leaders in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Post Text: The #PoorPeoplesCampaign is here for poor LGBTQ people from the projects to the trailer park and everywhere in-between.” -Aaron Scott, @WA_PPC Read Aaron’s full piece on queer and trans leaders in the Poor People’s Campaign here: http://bit.ly/LGBTQPPC

Shailly Gupta Barnes, Developing a Moral Vision: An Interview with Shailly Gupta Barnes, Tri-Chair of the Souls of Poor Folk Audit

Post Text: Poor women must be at the forefront of the #PoorPeoplesCampaign because more than 70% of people living below the poverty line are women and children! Learn more in @Kairos_Center’s interview with @shaillybarnes, tri-chair of the Souls of Poor Folk Audit: http://bit.ly/MoralAudit

Week Two (May 20–26)

Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities

Featured Blog Posts:

Aaron Noffke and Fernando Garcia, “We Are a Human Rights Organization” — Interview with Fernando Garcia of the Border Network for Human Rights

Post Text: “I believe that immigrants and immigrant families will have to be a key component of the next social movement in the United States.” Fernando Garcia @BNHR #PoorPeoplesCampaign Read more: http://bit.ly/Week2FernandoGarcia

From Our Archive:

John Wessel-McCoy, “I’ll Vote On” — The History of Voter Suppression in Alabama and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Post Text: “When it comes to voter suppression, these anti-democratic methods of disfranchisement are inextricably tied to the history of slavery and Jim Crow.” John Wessel-McCoy @Kairos_Center #PoorPeoplesCampaign Read more: http://bit.ly/Week2Vote

John Wessel-McCoy, Willie Baptist, and Foster Pinkney, Ferguson and the Watts Uprising

Post Text: “We have to finish the unfinished business of #MLK by reigniting the #PoorPeoplesCampaign along the lines of the key principle he preached and practiced: uniting the poor and dispossessed across color lines” Willie Baptist, @Kairos_Center Read more: http://bit.ly/Week2WattsFerguson

America Will Be, Episode 1 — Uniting a Movement

Post Text: “500 tribes coming together & it’s long overdue—& it’s not easy, it’s beautiful & messy and awesome.” “We can learn something from this.” Watch scenes from Oceti Sakowin Camp & how the #PoorPeoplesCampaign can learn from #StandingRock to unite a movement: http://bit.ly/AWBEp1

Week Three (May 27–June 2)

The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence

Week Four (June 3–9)

The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care

Week Five (June 10–6)

Everybody’s Got a Right to Live: Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, Housing

Week Six (June 17–22)

A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

June 23

Global Day of Solidarity and Sending Forth Call to Action Mass Rally in Washington DC