#MoralMonday event elevates progressive push for ‘third rebuild’ resolution

Just days after the American representatives. #MoralMonday event celebrating the effort.

The resolution-Third reconstruction: fully combating poverty and low wages from the bottom up (pdf) – unveiled last week by Jayapal (D-Wash.), Lee (D-Calif.), and campaign co-chairs, Rev. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, begins by noting that “there are over 140 million people who are poor, little rich, or just in an emergency away from economic ruin in the United States.”

Jayapal, chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a statement that “Poverty exists because we allow it to exist. In the richest country in the world, 140 million people are poor because we chose to allow it. “.

“We have the power to end poverty,” Jayapal said. “We need to implement bold proposals that focus on the poor – providing housing, healthcare, climate justice and equitable public education. In everything we do, we must take the extraordinary wealth that is here in America and design policies that start from the bottom up, putting the real people whose lives are most at stake at the center of all our solutions. “

Sarah Anderson, who heads the Institute for Policy Studies’ Global Economy Project, summed up the sweeping new resolution:

A long list of proposed economic policies focuses on eradicating poverty and drastically reducing racial and economic inequalities. They include a federal employment program to build climate resilient public infrastructure, universal health care and paid time off, raising the minimum wage to a living wage and ensuring the right to form and join unions. .

The resolution also calls for bold action to address the interrelated injustices of systemic racism, ecological devastation and militarism. The proposals include the expansion of voting rights, a comprehensive and fair reform of immigration and the guarantee of indigenous and indigenous rights.

Poor People’s Campaign website Explain the roots of resolution.

“Building on the transformational story of the First Post-Civil War Reconstruction and the Second Reconstruction of 20th Century Civil Rights Struggles,” says the campaign, “Third Reconstruction is a renewal of our constitutional commitment to establish justice, to provide for general well-being, to end decades of austerity and to recognize that the policies that center 140 million people are also good economic policies that can heal and transform the nation. “

The gradual push for a third reconstruction comes as the coronavirus pandemic rages on despite national efforts to increase the vaccination rate in the United States – even at the expense of poorer countries – and populations around the world continue to struggle with the economic consequences.

“We are facing a poverty crisis in addition to a public health crisis that disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities,” Lee noted last week. “It is high time that we tackle the historic injustices of structural racism and economic inequality and focus on the needs of the millions of people who have fallen into poverty just since the onset of this pandemic.

Lee, who co-chairs the Poverty and Opportunities task force of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Added that she was proud to present this “transformative” resolution with Jayapal and dismantle the systems that have perpetuated poverty and low wages in this country for generations. “

In their celebrations of the resolution, Barber and Theoharis reiterated the key messages of the Campaign of the Poor, which built on the 1968 efforts of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

According to Theoharis, “This resolution realizes that we must simultaneously face the interrelated injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and denial of healthcare, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of blaming religious nationalism. the poor instead of the systems that cause poverty. “

Barber, who led the #MoralMonday protest that has begun in North Carolina in 2013, said the resolution “emerges from the pain and organizing power of the 140 million people living in poverty or on low wages in this country.”

At Monday’s event, organizers stressed the need for federal action to fight poverty.

As Pam Garrison, organizer of the West Virginia Poor Campaign, Put the: “We have been ignored. Our work has been exploited. We have been exploited for too long. It’s an emergency.”

Monday’s event for the resolution came as President Joe Biden breaks key campaign pledges in a budget proposal that is expected later this week, along with fears he will further weaken his infrastructure plan – which some progressives already accuse of being insufficient – to appeal to the Republicans in Congress.

“Without directly addressing President Biden’s proposals, the third reconstruction resolution goes beyond the administration’s commitments to date in several key areas,” Anderson noted. “For example, to secure resources for public investment, the resolution calls for reorienting 10% of the military budget and generating revenue by completely repealing the 2017 corporate tax rate cut and introducing new taxes on Wall Street fortune and commerce.

As a barber declared Monday: “The solutions are there. There is no shortage. What we have is a shortage of willpower – but it will end with us.”

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