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For 30+ years the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign has been organizing poor and homeless people to survive. It’s even more dire now amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We do not take corporate money and survive off individual donations. Please donate!

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For 30+ years the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign has been organizing poor and homeless people to survive. It’s even more dire now amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We do not take corporate money and survive off individual donations. Please donate!

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OUR HISTORY

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) had its origins with the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU) in Philadelphia.  In June 1998, KWRU organized its first national bus tour to highlight the issues of poverty and economic human rights.  The bus made stops in communities across the country as it traveled from the east coast to the west coast and back.  At each of the stops they met with individuals and groups, and documented stories  and involved residents to work to end poverty through ensuring economic human right for all (the rights to food, clothing, housing, health care, education and living wage jobs).  At the end of the tour they rallied at the United Nations to present their stories and to demand the enforcement of economic human rights  in the United States. That bus tour was memorialized in the movie Outriders.

In October of that same year, organizations from across the United States who participated in the bust tour and others who were dedicated to economic human rights gathered in Philadelphia for the Poor People’s Summit on Human Rights.  Out of that summit, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign was formed. Since that summit, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign has gradually grown from its Philadelphia roots and its KWRU base into a genuinely national network in its scope, membership, and activities. 

Since its founding in 1998, the Campaign has employed time-tested human rights and civil rights methods – ranging from educating and documenting, to organizing and agitating – to shine a harsh light on poverty in America, and to build the capacity of poor women and men themselves to lead the fight to reclaim their economic human rights.

In supporting local efforts PPEHRC has contributed in a number of ways:  strategic planning, organizing support, technical assistance, and mobilization of members to support actions. The organizing activities are not done in isolation.  The lessons that have learned from the organizing activities in one part of the country are used are used  to assist others in other parts of the country to learn from the examples.

POOR PEOPLE’S ARMY, not a corporate campaign

We have launched a POOR PEOPLE’S ARMY in an effort to save our lives. More people in the U.S. have died from the opiate crisis that from the Vietnam War. Our children continue to go to bed hungry and go to inadequate schools, and are the victims of violence.

Our families are not surviving, and in order for us to fight for a future for our children and the planet, we are getting organized.

On opening day of the Milwaukee Democratic National Convention, July 13, 2020, we want to amass the largest Poor People’s Army in the belly of the beast… to fight for humanity for those of us here at home and those abroad. The children of Africa, of Venezuela, of Puerto Rico and Palestine (and the list goes on) are counting on us! Can we count on you to enlist today?

We are not funded by corporations and we don’t give our money or resources to corporate parties like the Democrats. We are an independent Poor People’s Army and will be a force to be reckoned with.

We hosted our first BOOTCAMP in Trainer, PA mid-March 2019, and are setting up other Bootcamps in other parts of the country. Sign up here to learn about how to HOST A BOOTCAMP IN YOUR AREA! See more details on the Bootcamps at the bottom.

We announced the Poor People’s Army on March 30 in Washington DC at the anti-War anti-NATO Protest.

What does it take to become a soldier in the Poor People’s Army?

Have you read our Principles of Unity? If you agree with these Principles, that’s your first step. If you have questions about any, contact us at ppehrcorg@gmail.com.

Earn your SOLDIER BADGE & SHIRT when you do any combination of the following:

1. Go to a BOOTCAMP when possible. Bootcamp provides 20-25 hours of training in strategies and tactics of organizing, development of spirit and body and morale, and real-life practice on today’s Underground Railroad (projects of survival for poor people).   plus:

2. Attend monthly, local organizing meetings of Poor People’s Army and/or national conference calls of the Poor People’s Army if there are no regional meetings.

 

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