Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00pm
Congregational Church, 120 Front Street, Exeter
We the People of Exeter will host a panel discussion, “Reigniting the Poor People’s Campaign: Raising Grassroots Voices on Issues That Matter,” on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 PM, at the Congregational Church, 120 Front Street, Exeter. Members of the panel will include Rev. Jason Wells from the NH Council of Churches, Deborah Opramolla from the NH Council of Developmental Disabilities, and Rev. Eric Jackson of Brookside Congregational Church, Manchester, NH.
50 years ago, The Poor People’s Campaign, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and others, called for a revolution of values in which they invited people to stand together against militarism, racism, and economic injustice. Drawing on that history, a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has reemerged in 39 states, including New Hampshire.
The 2018-2019 program is working to strategically connect different struggles and lift up and deepen the leadership of those most affected in order to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society. By engaging in highly publicized nonviolent direct action, the Campaign is forcing a serious national examination of systemic racism, poverty and environmental devastation during an election year, working to strengthen and connect informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state.
Our panel, the leaders of the New Hampshire Poor People’s Campaign, will share the history of the PPC, the power of grass roots voices, and the impact of working cross-organizationally as they grow their campaign in the state and nation.
The panel discussion is presented by We the People, a free lecture and film series exploring issues at the intersection of current events, ethics and religion. We the People is co-sponsored by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist churches of Exeter, in association with Phillips Exeter Academy and Water Street Bookstore. The talk will be held at the Congregational Church, which is handicapped-accessible
For more information, go to www.WTPexeter.weebly.com, or call 475-2143.