Washington state

Poor People's Campaign

A National Call for Moral Revival


The Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality.  Thank you for considering joining the Washington State Poor People’s Campaign. Together, we are shifting the narrative, building power, and impacting elections and polices. “Forward Together,  NOT ONE STEP BACK!”


– The WA PPC:NCMR Tri-Chairs & Members of the Statewide Coordinating Committee

The 5 Evils & Our Demands & Priorities

Over the past several years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has reached out to communities in more than 40 states across this nation. We have met with tens of thousands of people, witnessing the strength of their moral courage in trying times. We have gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and we have chronicled their demands for a better society. The following moral agenda expressed in these priorities is drawn from this deep engagement and commitment to these struggles of the poor and dispossessed. 

Did you know
that there are fewer
voting rights in 2018 than
there were 50 years ago
when the Civil Rights Act
and Voting Rights Act
were passed?



Did you know
the U.S. economy
has grown, wealth inequality
has expanded, the costs of
living have increased, and
social programs have been
cut dramatically?



Did you know
that currently 53 cents
of every federal
discretionary dollar goes
to military spending and
only 15 cents is spent on
anti-poverty programs?



Did you know
13.8 million U.S. households cannot afford water?



Did you know
many people die every
year from anti-poor
policies, while religious
and Christian agendas
deliberately divert attention
from key issues
and challenges?



The Souls of Poor Folk:

Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign Challenged Racism, Poverty, the War Economy/Militarism and Our National Morality

The Souls of Poor Folk traces the 50 years since 1968, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and thousands of Americans, alarmed at their government’s blindness to human need, launched the Poor People’s Campaign.  The Souls of Poor Folk is an empirical study that brings us toward an honest confrontation with our own history—how our path has unfolded since 1968 and how our nation trembles today for lack of moral vision. It summons our highest moral aspirations and diagnoses our deepest national ailments over five decades. It draws on academic research but also upon the testimonies of human beings battered by harmful public policies. Alongside the carefully assembled facts, you will hear the voices of America’s poor themselves, many of them now joining this movement. “Not everything that is faced can be changed,” James Baldwin reminds us, “But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Join the Washington State Poor People's Campaign

Join/register on the National Poor Peoples Campaign website, choose Washington state, and check the box for “Get Involved with your state” and you will be automatically entered on the WAPPC email list serve