A call for political change

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The Reverend William Barber, who started the ‘Moral Monday’ protest movement in Raleigh nearly a decade ago, announced plans for a 15-state campaign to reach more than 5 million poor and low-income voters before the midterm elections.

The campaign kicks off Tuesday, according to Repairers of the Breach, an organization founded and run by Barber.

At his church in Goldsboro on Sunday, Barber delivered what the organization called a “national sermon” that stressed the need for political unity among the poor and low-wage of all races.

“The health and well-being of this nation is at stake,” he said from the pulpit, “and if poor and low-income people don’t vote and determine who is in power and policy makers do not change course, we will face even more economic peril than we see now.

Barber said the problem was not with political parties but with political decisions, which he blamed for a host of social and economic ills.

“The only way to change policy,” he said, “is to put people in place who will change policy.”

In addition to the 15-state tour, which will be led by the Poor People’s Campaign, Barber’s organization also announced a campaign in North Carolina that will seek to mobilize voters in each of the state’s 14 congressional districts.

“Democracy is on the ballot because the right to vote is on the ballot; the need for a living wage is on the ballot; the need for health care and climate protection are on the ballot,” Barber said in a statement. “…Politics can only be changed when people are fully committed to democracy.”

Barber delivered the sermon exactly 67 to the day that 14-year-old Emmitt Till was murdered by white supremacists in Mississippi, and 59 to the day that 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial on the march history on Washington in 1963.

Click here to listen to Barber’s sermon, which begins 1 hour and 18 minutes after the recording began.

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