The Time To Stand Up For Climate and Environmental Justice is Now
On June 18, we will stand together and demonstrate the power of poor and impacted people to be agents of change at the very heart of our democracy.
In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others called for a “revolution of values” in America. Their goal was to spark a movement that could unite the first and worst impacted communities across the country to challenge the ills of racism, militarism, and systemic poverty. They named this movement The Poor People’s Campaign.
Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this call and is tirelessly organizing for economic and social justice on the national stage. People all over the United States have been coming together this summer to confront the inextricably linked issues of poverty and inequality, systemic racism, and ecological devastation that threatens the foundation of our democracy. The Climate Reality Project is standing with this movement in solidarity, recognizing that we cannot achieve climate justice without racial and economic justice.
The environmental movement has long understood the link between poverty and the climate crisis. We have seen firsthand that the communities with the least resources are those affected first and worst by the effects of climate change, from hurricanes in Baton Rouge, LA to wildfires in Paradise, CA. It is essential that we continue to listen to the communities and families on the frontlines and fencelines of this crisis, and center and elevate their voices. Only by understanding what the crisis means for all of us can we work together for truly just and equitable solutions.
This weekend, we march to join together and demand the political will to meet this moment.
Our movement to address the climate crisis cannot see success without a profound commitment to justice. As the Poor Peoples’ Campaign says, “The time is now to disrupt, nonviolently protest, shake up, and alter the direction of the United States towards love, truth, justice, and equal protection under the law for all.”
We cannot have climate and environmental justice without racial and economic justice. For a movement like ours, coming together with intentionality and working toward a common cause is vital.
Make sure to reach out to your friends, family, and network and invite them to join you in Washington, DC on June 18. Relational organizing, or organizing through building and fostering organic relationships with others, helps empower change from the ground up in our own networks and communities.
The Poor People’s and Low Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls on June 18 stands to recenter those voices that go too often unheard and bring racial, economic, and climate justice to the forefront of the national agenda.
If you want to join us this weekend, you can create a Rally point and book a ride on Rally, a bus rideshare for communities connecting with their passions. Rides are confirmed once there is enough demand – from anywhere in the United States.
To learn more about the Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly, and prepare for this weekend, take a look at the Organizer’s Manual.
We’re calling on you to join us. Will we see you in Washington, DC?