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Poor People’s Campaign: The Value of the Ballot — Part 2

by Chardonnay Beaver


In 1967, after fighting against Jim Crow segregation and winning many civil rights victories for Black and Brown Americans, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America.

The Poor People’s Campaign marks Dr. King’s philosophical shift from civil rights to human rights — demanding a new consciousness amid the threat of war, poverty, racial discrimination, and white supremacy. This inclusive fusion movement would unite all races through their commonality of struggle, to create solutions that would revolutionize American values.

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OPINION | The Child Tax Credit Has One Last Chance for Expansion in 2022

by Zelda Foxall


Chardonnay Beaver’s recent article for the South Seattle Emerald, “The Call for a National Moral Revival – Part 1: The Poor People’s Campaign Then and Now” reminds us that more than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King led the Poor People’s Campaign to put the focus on poverty. The aim was to bring together all races through this common struggle of being poor in America. And yet, here we are today, still fighting poverty. 

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Poor People’s Campaign: The Call for a National Moral Revival — Part 1

The Poor People’s Campaign then and now

by Chardonnay Beaver


In 1967, after fighting against Jim Crow segregation and winning many civil rights victories for Black and Brown Americans, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and many others, called for a “revolution of values” in America.

The Poor People’s Campaign marks Dr. King’s philosophical shift from civil rights to human rights — demanding a new consciousness amid the threat of war, poverty, racial discrimination, and white supremacy. This inclusive fusion movement would unite all races through their commonality of struggle, to create solutions that would revolutionize American values.

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Opinion: The Pandemic Wasn’t the First Crisis for Washington’s Poor

by Naomi Finkelstein and James Petersen


Long before the crisis of a pandemic, we were living with the crisis of poverty. Both Naomi and James were homeless starting when they were teenagers, and now they’re still struggling to survive.

Naomi, 56, of Seattle, grew up in the Bronx. They were thrown out of their house when their family learned they were queer. They lived on the streets for two years in squats and shelters. It’s the type of trauma that stays in a person’s body, they say.

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The Poor People’s Campaign Lives

words and photos by Susan Fried

On an unusually hot May 14th, the Poor People’s Campaign kicked off 40 days of direct non-violent action in Olympia Washington. The effort is part of a movement in more than 30 other state capitals around the country for “A National Call for Moral Revival.” Continue reading The Poor People’s Campaign Lives