Poor People’s Campaign relaunches

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AFT Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker (right) was arrested for civil disobedience at the rally in Washington, D.C. May 14.

Thousands of people gathered in 35 state capitals, including Trenton, across the United States May 14, renewing an effort started by Martin Luther King Jr. to eradicate poverty, fight income inequality and end systemic racism. Led by the Rev. William Barber, the Poor People’s Campaign event kicked off a six-week schedule of nonviolent actions including rallies, organizing, civil disobedience and voter mobilization.

As an advocate for equity in public schools and strength in the public sector, the AFT staunchly supports the Poor People’s Campaign: AFT Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker was arrested for civil disobedience at the rally in Washington, D.C., and many of our members participated in the day’s events.

Find out more about the New Jersey Poor People’s Campaign, which will be convening every Monday (except Tuesday after Memorial Day) in Trenton.