Hy Thurman, a member of the original YPO, reports that on October 8, the Young Patriot Huntsville, Alabama Chapter will officially launch. One of its first acts will be to join the call for a 2017 New Poor People's Campaign for Today. According to Hy, the Alabama people are "really fired up" about the prospects for a 2017 New Poor People's Campaign.
2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's December 4, 1967 call for a multiracial Poor People's Campaign that would present radical demands in Washington to deal with the nation's poverty. You can read more about how these demands were drawn up by following this LINK.
Dr King was assassinated in April of 1968 but the Campaign went ahead. With the US government waging war on poor people in Vietnam, the Campaign fell short of King's vision. Hy Thurmond was among those people from Chicago's Uptown neighborhood who participated in the 1968 Poor People's Campaign.
The Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice is one of the groups who is involved in organizing the 2017 New Poor People's Campaign. Here's why:
" Today, nearly 50 years later, we are experiencing unprecedented poverty in the midst of plenty and unnecessary abandonment in spite of unheard abundance. According to official data, at least 46.5 million people, including 1 of every 5 children, are living in poverty, an increase of more than 9 million since 2008. An additional 97.3 million people are officially designated as low income. Taken together, this means that 48% of the U.S. population, nearly one in every two people, is poor or low income. At the same time, racial and gender inequality remains as deep as ever. "
For more information about the call for a 2017 New Poor People's Campaign please visit poorpeoplescampaign.org. We will share details about the 2017 New Poor People's Campaign plans as they become known.