The CNY Poor People’s Campaign holds a news conference at the office of Rep. John Katko to demand that they embrace the Third Reconstruction resolution to end poverty and low wages in this country. Emerging from the pain and organizing power of the 140 million people living in poverty or with low wages in this nation, the congressional resolution for a Third Reconstruction reflects an omnibus vision for a fundamental restructuring of society that lifts from the bottom. The nonpartisan resolution is a response to years of movement building to create the collective resolve necessary to implement real and transformational legislative action.
- Beth DuBois, Tri Chair, CNY Poor People’s Campaign
- Marcus Jackson, Tri Chair, CNY Poor People’s Campaign
- Alicia Wood, Tri Chair, CNY Poor People’s Campaign
12p.m. ET on Monday, June 7 and 3 p.m. ET/noon PT for national online program
On the Salina Street side of the Galleries, 440 South Warren Street, Syracuse. Online at www.3rdReconstruction.org for the national program.
Drawing on the transformational history of the First Reconstruction following the Civil War and the Second Reconstruction of the civil rights struggles of the 20th century, the Third Reconstruction is a revival of our constitutional commitment to establish justice, provide for the general welfare, end decades of austerity, and recognize that policies that center the 140 million are also good economic policies that can heal and transform the nation. This resolution recognizes that in order to build a true Third Reconstruction we must simultaneously deal with the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the denial of health care, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism that blames the poor instead of the systems that cause poverty. We are building to June 21, when we will hold a National Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers Assembly, which will be held online and at a socially distanced rally in Raleigh. The Poor People’s Campaign then launches a one-year campaign toward a Moral March on Washington and Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers Assembly on June 18, 2022, in Washington, D.C.