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About Us

A Movement,

Not an Organization


The Poor People’s Campaign is building a long-term movement that is building power for the justice and liberation of the poor and all those impacted by the evils of Systemic Racism, The War Economy, Ecological Devastation, Poverty, & our Distorted Moral Narrative.

We stand on the shoulders of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and are taking his vision of the original Poor People’s Campaign and running with it in our time.

Here in Washington State, we have a powerful group of dedicated leaders, members, and supporters who are doing this work in our region. We are committed to shifting the narrative, building power, and impacting elections and policies, all across our state. We are still in the first year of the Campaign here in our state and we are continuing to lay the foundation and build the relationships necessary for a long-term movement.

Currently, we have about 9000 leaders, members, and supporters in our state. For 2021, our goal is to strengthen the relationships, the skills, and the resources among this group. Additionally, we are working to connect to more impacted people all across our state.

Are you someone that is inspired by the Principles, Demands & Priorities of the Campaign? We want to partner with you. Please click the “Join the Campaign” link and complete that process.

Are you part of an organization doing work that reflects an aspect of the Campaign’s priorities and want to explore becoming a Partner of the Poor People’s Campaign? Please send us a message using the form at the bottom of this page and we will respond as soon as we can.

Forward together, NOT ONE STEP BACK!

The Washington State Poor People’s Campaign

Here are some of the people involved in the leadership of the Washington State Poor People’s Campaign. If you are interested in stepping up and becoming a leader with Campaign, please send us an email and we will begin the exploration process with you.


Washington State Poor People’s Campaign
Tri-Chairs of the Statewide Coordinating Committee

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Karen Austin,


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Rev. Kelle Brown,

Tri-Chair and Theomusicologist

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Jin Lee,


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Tae Phoenix, Theomusicologist 

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Romy Garcia


Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace, FOUNDER/TRI-CHAIR EMERITA

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April Obi,

Gray's Harbor

Regional Committee

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Darcy Gillespie,

Lower Columbia

Regional Committee


Ming Chen,

Financial Coordinator

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Susan Partnow,

Zoom Master

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Ian Schaefer,


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Karen Schneider

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Dorothy Van Soest 

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Elisanne McCutcheon,

NE Washington State

Social Media Content Creator

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Chardonnay Beaver

University of Washington 


Student Specialist

Sharyn Braff


Kobie Conrath

Web Designer


350 Eastside

ACL Global Project

Alliance for Community Engagement SWWA

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Seattle Chapter

Awake Church

Backbone Campaign

Bethany United Church of Christ, Seattle

Chaplains on the Harbor-Aberdeen

Civic Strengths-Yakima Valley

Donkeysaddle Projects


Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Faith Action Network (FAN)

Families Shoulder to Shoulder, Pierce County

Farm Workers Ministry Northwest

Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Olympia

Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Seattle

Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Tacoma

First Congregational Church, Bellingham

First Lutheran Church, Bothell

First Presbyterian Church, Puyallup

Fix Democracy First

Fuse Washington

Ground Zero

Health Care is a Human Right (HCHR)

Income Movement

Indivisible Greater Vancouver

Journey Christian Church, Seattle

Kitsap ERACE Coalition

La Resistencia

Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO) 

Longview Presbyterian Church, Longview, WA

Lower Columbia Indivisible

Lower Columbia Chapter, Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Micah-Pacific NW & Oregon

MoveOn Clark County

Mt. Baker Presbyterian

NW Harvest

National Association of Social Workers, Washington Chapter (NASW-WA)

Northwest Community Bail Fund

Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Parents Organizing for Welfare & Economic Rights (POWER)

Phinney-Greenwood Climate Action Now

Plymouth United Church of Christ

PSARA - Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action

REACH - Renton         

Seattle Indivisible

Seattle Mennonite Church

Seattle Raging Grannies

Seattle Supports Democracy

Sustainable Ballard

UFCW 3000

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 3000

University Congregational United Church of Christ

Vancouver for Peace

The Well

Wallingford Indivisible

Washington Against Nuclear War (WANW)

Washington for Black Lives

Washington Community Action Network

Washington Community Alliance

Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)

Washington People's Privacy

Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

Whole Washington

Womxn’s March Seattle

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