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Background to Stop the War on the Poor
Stop the War on the Poor commemorates Martin Luther King Jr’s Poor People’s Campaign (PPC). In 1968, just prior to his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr condemned the Vietnam War and called for the PPC culminating in a Poor People’s March in DC in June, demanding a living wage and a guaranteed income. He said Congress had shown "hostility to the poor" by spending "military funds with alacrity and generosity”. Coretta Scott King spoke out against poverty and in support of welfare mothers.
King learnt from welfare mothers. They had been calling for a poor people’s campaign and urging his organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), to oppose “anti-welfare” legislation and support their right to welfare. As a result of their leadership, King became anti-capitalist and anti-war. * Source: Michael Eric Dyson
Actions in the US, Ireland and England!
What are we demanding?
$ Passage and implementation of the RISE Out of Poverty Act (H.R. 814, Rep Gwen Moore D-WI) that makes the elimination of child poverty central to welfare legislation and recognizes caregiving and education as work Sign petition online
$ Passage and implementation of the Social Security caregivers Credit Act (H.R. 5024, Rep Nita Lowey D-NY), another step toward recognizing caregiving as work.
$ Child welfare agencies stop removing children from families because of poverty, racism, sexism or other bias rather than abuse or neglect.
$ A living wage for mothers and other caregivers – we are launching an international petition.
$ Resources for the care of people and the planet, not war and occupation.
Why do we need it? While one in two people in the US lives at or near poverty and the planet is on the brink, the US spends $682 billion on the military – nearly half the world’s total.
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Co-sponsors include: Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin; Dallas 6 Campaign, Pennsylvania; Human Rights Coalition-Fed Up, Pittsburgh; 9 to 5 Wisconsin; Parents Organizing For Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER), Olympia, WA; Payday Men’s Network; Queer Strike; USPROStitutes Collective; Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee, Pittsburgh; Voces de la Frontera, Milwaukee, WI.
Southern California Planning Group: Alexandria House; California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement; DCFS Give Us Back Our Children; Every Mother is a Working Mother Network; Food Not Bombs; Feminists Working on Real Democracy (F*WORD, Santa Cruz); Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign, Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP); [email protected]; LA No More Jails; Long Beach Area Peace Network; Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater LA; Military Families Speak Out-OC; OccupyLongBeach; RAC-LA; Sin Barras, Santa Cruz; Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike & GWS/LA; Veterans for Peace Los Angeles.
Stop the War on the Poor!
War & Militarization Are Prioritized over Survival & Caring
Impact on Mothers & Families
The impact on our children
Nearly 1 in 4 young children in the US lived with insufficient food in 2012.
Children are 36 % of the poor. In 2010, 16.4 million US children (22%) were poor. Black, Latino and Native American children are most likely to live in poverty.
More and more children are being detained by child welfare agencies, a $29 billion industry generating income to millions of professionals and big Pharma, and placed in foster care due to poverty, homelessness, racism, sexism . . .
The US is the only rich country with no federal paid maternity leave policy and no universal child or family allowance.
47.6% of immigrants and their US born children live in or near poverty. Immigration laws force separation of children from their families.
The impact on older people & people with disabilities
Impact on wages for women & men
The 1% is getting richer, much richer
INVEST IN CARING FOR PEOPLE AND THE PLANET, NOT KILLING!
Stop the war on the poor
July 13, 2014 at 6pm - 9pm