PPEHRC has taken up the mantle of the original Poor People’s Campaign with Dr. Martin Luther King and we continue to follow his, along with Gandhi’s teachings as a movement. We are strong believers of the use of non-violent civil disobedience which we use during various protests and demonstrations. Before a protest or a demonstration is put into action, we first try to utilize the city services. Unfortunately, these city services generally do not exist anymore due to government neglect and budget cuts. When these services are unavailable, we utilize the tool of protesting and demonstrating to bring visibility to dire social issues. These activities also provide us a teaching opportunity to talk about the politics of hunger, homelessness, and poverty with our members.
Bus Tours & Marches
40 years after Martin Luther King Jr. began his historic Poor Peoples March to end poverty, the number of people in this country who are unable to meet one or more of their basic needs have continued to increase dramatically. The response from our government has been ongoing and consistent ignoring of the issues and needs of the poor. Therefore, PPEHRC has held various Bus Tours and Marches across the country to shine a spotlight on our country’s failure to address the issues of poverty and to call for action.
Historically, we have held many bus tours and marches across the United States. We see this as an opportunity to teach while we fight. It is our bootcamp / immersion experience where members of the movement learn how to deal with high stress logistics such as community building and relationship building while on the road. It is also a great way to recruit future leaders and to build partnerships across the country.
- What is a Truth Commission?
This is an event focused on organizing and educating the community about the human right violations that currently exist in their area. It is a time where members of the community can come together and learn from one another and their past experiences. The event is an avenue for panelists from the community to share their stories of how their economic human rights have been violated. These stories will be heard and discussed by a diverse group of the community’s professionals. These commissioners will then make a collective decision whether the stories that they have heard were actually situations where the individual’s economic human rights were violated.
- Purpose of the Truth Commissions
For years people all across the world have had their economic human rights violated in such ways as children being removed from homes, people living without healthcare, people living out of cars and other basic human needs are not being met just to name a few. The Truth Commission was created to unite people all across the world of different races, class and education to form a foundation for a movement to abolish poverty. It is time to give poor people a voice instead of just a number.
- When and where did the Truth Commissions begin?
On July 15th and 16th of 2006 the first ever Truth Commission was held in the United States by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC). It was modeled after similar commissions held in Africa and Latin America. This Truth Commission was held in Cleveland Ohio to an audience of over 600 national and international truth commissioners.