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

Week Two (May 20–26)

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

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

Featured Blog Posts:

“Good water in their bodies and good air to breathe”: A Conversation with Cherri Foytlin

Post Text: Learn how the fight for environmental justice is deeply connected to the fight for healthcare & why are both are intertwined w/ the #PoorPeoplesCampaign’s other themes, racism, poverty, & militarism-read @Kairos_Center‘s interview with Cherri Foytlin here: http://bit.ly/Week4Cherri

Post Text:  “The police departments are acting like an arm of the oil companies.” @CherriFoytlin1 Read @Kairos_Center’s conversation with Cherri Foytlin here→ http://bit.ly/Week4Cherri #PoorPeoplesCampaign #40DaysOfAction

From Our Archive:

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Now is the Right Time

Post Text: “We cannot wait for those who uphold the status quo to determine the right time.” Now is the right time for #HealthCareForAll. Learn more by reading this reflection by @liztheo from the @Kairos_Center archive→ http://bit.ly/Week4Liz #PoorPeoplesCampaign

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

Post Text: “It is immoral that in this world of beauty and abundance, God’s children don’t have access to water, or housing, or healthcare.” Read @liztheo’s powerful sermon for the start of the #PoorPeoplesCampaign #40DaysOfAction: http://bit.ly/Week1RevTheoharis

Week Five (June 10–6)

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

From Our Archive:

Willie Baptist and Dan Jones, After the election: Agitate, Educate, Organize

Post Text: “Our strength lies in us uniting ourselves on those issues that happen to be the point of vulnerability of the enemy: that’s the economic crisis. That’s the weak-point of the enemy.” @Kairos_Center‘s Willie Baptist Read more→ http://bit.ly/Week5Willie #PoorPeoplesCampaign

Savina Martin and Rev. Erica Williams, “Seize the moment!” – an interview with Savina Martin

Post Text: “We need to organize for the people to be able to live with a good quality of life, and that’s human rights.” Read @Kairos_Center‘s interview w/ Savina Martin, a key leader of the National Union of the Homeless & w/ @MA_PPC #PoorPeoplesCampaign today→ http://bit.ly/Week5Savina

America Will Be Episode 2: Poverty is Violence

Post Text: What is poverty? Who are the poor? Why is there poverty? This episode of#AmericaWillBe presents both the scale and scope of poverty and underscores how the poor are not only victims of injustice but leaders in the effort to end it: http://bit.ly/AmericaWillBe2 #PoorPeoplesCampaign

Week Six (June 17–22)

A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

From Our Archive:

Larry Cox, A New and Unsettling Force for Human Rights

Post Text: A unity based on shared rights is the only way we’re going to build the broad fusion movement that we need to challenge the unjust structures of our society. #PoorPeoplesCampaign Learn more —> http://bit.ly/Week6Larry

Quotes from Rev. Dr. King’s Last Years: “A Revolution of Values”

Post Text: We are building a new and unsettling force for liberation in our complacent national life. We are building the #PoorPeoplesCampaign to complete the unfinished business of Dr. King. bit.ly/Week6King

America Will Be — Episode 3: The Spirit of Struggle

Post Text: As different communities across the U.S. confront the forces that inflict great misery on human life and dignity, a clear moral and religious truth is also emerging through the #PoorPeoplesCampaign. Watch Episode 3 of#AmericaWillBe, The Spirit of Struggle: https://youtu.be/qRmM3zSwZk4