Feb. 5, 10am: New Poor People’s Campaign news conference

News Conference Monday, February 5, 10 AM at LOB Lobby

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New Hampshire Poor, Disenfranchised To Join The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Poor People, Clergy and Activists to go to the State House, Demanding Moral, Just Political Agenda; Vow a Massive Wave of Nonviolent Direct Action, Getting Ready for Civil Disobedience This Spring

Local News Conference Decrying Systemic Racism, Poverty, the War Economy, Ecological Devastation Part of Nationwide Day of Action in over 30 States, District of Columbia

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Poor and disenfranchised people, clergy and moral leaders from across New Hampshire will announce their plans on Monday to join the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival .

Poor people, clergy and activists will hold a news conference in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building to serve notice on state legislative leaders that their failure to address the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and America’s distorted national morality will be met this spring with six weeks of direct action – including what is expected to be one of the largest waves of nonviolent civil disobedience in U.S. history.

The New Hampshire delegation of impacted people and moral leaders will deliver a letter to politicians highlighting dozens of racist voter suppression laws passed nationwide in recent years and a stark jump in the percentage of people living in poverty. They will vow to risk arrest beginning Mother’s Day if politicians fail to adopt a moral and just agenda.

The news conference in New Hampshire will be one of over 30 at state capitols and the U.S. Capitol Monday, marking the first nationwide action by the campaign since it launched on December 4, fifty years to the day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others called for the original Poor People’s Campaign.

Following the news conference, the group will deliver letters about the campaign to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.

WHO:                   Poor, disenfranchised people, clergy and moral leaders joined by the NH Council of Churches, NH Peace Action, NAACP-Manchester branch, American Friends Service Committee-NH Program, Unitarian Universalist Action-NH, Granite State Organizing Project, United Church of Christ-NH Conference Economic Justice Mission Group, Action-Community-Together (ACT), League of Conservation Voters, and others

WHAT:                 News conference and letter delivery at New Hampshire Capitol and in over 30 state capitols, U.S. Capitol as part of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

WHEN:                 Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, 10:00am

WHERE:               Legislative Office Building lobby, 33 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301

BACKGROUND:

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is the product of a decade of organizing by grassroots groups, religious leaders and others to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. Expected to be a multi-year effort, the campaign will unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized, combining direct action with grassroots organizing, voter registration, power building and nonviolent civil disobedience.  More information is at www.poorpeoplescampaign.org.

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