Upcoming Events

Washington D.C. Report Back!

Our 40 Days of Moral Action concluded this weekend with thousands of us rallying and marching on the U.S. Capitol demanding an end to the policy violence that is hurting poor children and families across the country. We are so proud that so many Vermonters were there to take a stand with our brothers and sisters.

To launch into the next phase, we invite you to a report back and celebration this Wednesday, June 27th at the Green Mountain Self-Advocates offices (2 Prospect st. Montpelier) at 6:00pm.

We can't wait to share our experiences from 4 days of workshops, trainings, canvassing, and culture. We ate together, sang together, road the metro together and built a stronger sense of unity and shared struggle. Then on Saturday, tens of thousands more joined us on the National Mall for an historic showing of poor people's power. 

We are additionally excited to share and discuss with you next steps for the Poor People's Campaign nationally and right here at home. We hope you can join us!

 

Past Events

Sunday Mass Meetings

Sundays May 13-June 17, 6-8pm

Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre:  39 Washington St, Barre VT 05641

Join us every Sunday, May 13-June 17  during the 40 Days of Moral Action and hear about the vision and strategy of the campaign. Learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival by joining campaign co-chairs the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis to hear faithful reflection and public action on moral issues through storytelling, music, and interviews with local community organizers and impacted people.
 

Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training 

If you are planning to participate in Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and you have not attended any other trainings- you MUST attend a training. Please register for the training you plan to attend:

 Barre- Sunday, June 17th, 4:45pm - 9pm

Burlington- Sunday, June 17th,  4:45pm - 9pm

Montpelier- Monday, June 18th 9:00am - 12:30pm

Week 6 Day of Action in Montpelier

Monday, June 18th, 2018 - Week 6: A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

9 AM - 1 PM - Grounding and Staging at Christ Episcopal Church 64 State st. Montpelier

2 PM -Rally: A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

3 PM - Nonviolent Direct Action  - Statehouse

Truthful Tuesday Teach-In

Tuesday June 19th 7:30-9pm  

Part of nonviolent moral fusion direct action is educating ourselves and each other, which is why we're planning these weekly Truthful Tuesday events, livestreamed from D.C. every Tuesday night from 7:30-9pm. These events will feature a lineup of expert educators on topics related to the weekly themes of the #PoorPeoplesCampaign, and are a chance to deepen our understanding of the issues, of the world outlook of this Campaign, and to reflect on the action we're taking, catch the livestream being broadcast at facebook.com/anewppc.

-There will be American Sign Language interpretation as part of the stream as well as simultaneous Spanish interpretation, which will be available via a Zoom call-in line (Spanish speakers should still watch the livestream via the Facebook page for the video): By Telephone: +1 646 558 8665 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0986 or +1 408 740 3766 (some phone numbers are higher quality depending on your location) Meeting ID: 533 985 638

Bring the kids and we'll have some light snacks too!

Thursday Night Justice Jam!

Thursdays, May 17-June 21, 7:30 PM-  9:00 PM

The Poor People's Campaign Presents Justice Jam Night. This is just one way that the Poor People's Campaign will thread music, arts, movement, and culture throughout the fabric of this movement. Joining together in song, dance, and visual arts is VITAL to this work and we can't wait to build our connections ever stronger in this already incredible community.

LIVE for a power-packed evening of justice music and spoken word.  Watch here → poorpeoplescampaign.org/live *ASL interpretation available via livestream.
We will host a viewing of the livestream each week so come out and throw down with us  as we continue to build momentum in our season of nonviolent moral fusion direct action.

Week 2 Day of Action in Montpelier

Monday, May 21st, 2018 - Week 2: Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities.

10 AM - 1 PM - Grounding and Staging at Christ Church

2 PM -Rally: Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty - Statehouse

3 PM - Nonviolent Direct Action  - Statehouse

First Day of Action in Montpelier

Monday, May 14th, 2018 - Week 1: Somebody's Hurting Our People

10 AM - 1 PM - Grounding and Staging at Christ Church

2 PM - Rally (Somebody’s Hurting Our People) - Statehouse

3 PM - Nonviolent Direct Action  - Statehouse

Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training - Barre

Sunday, May 13th 2018, 5 pm - 9pm

Church of the Good Shepard, Barre:  39 Washington St, Barre VT 05641

Great news!  The 4th Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training is on Saturday, May 13th, 5pm - 9pm, in Barre.  Register here, and more details will be sent to you.

Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training - St. Johnsbury

Saturday, May 12th 2018, 12 noon - 5 pm

United Community Church, St Johnsbury:  1325 Main StreetSt. Johnsbury, VT

Great news!  The 3rd Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training is on Saturday, May 12th, 12pm - 5pm in St Johnsbury.  Register here, and more details will be sent to you.

 

THE MAKE: RADICAL ARTS INTENSIVE

Please check out our Arts and Action page for detailed information here!

Thursday, May 4th - Monday, May 7th 2018

Saturday, May 5th - Cabaret and Dance Party!

Goddard College ~ Plainfield, VT

Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training

Saturday, April 28th, 10 - 2 PM,  Barre, VT

Great news!  The 2nd Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training is on Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Barre, VT. Register at https://goo.gl/kS1EpQ and more details will be sent to you.

Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training

Saturday, April 14th, 1 - 4 PM
Burlington, VT

Join with thousands of other people, from states across the country, to engage in a simultaneous nonviolent moral fusion direct action training on Saturday, April 14th, from 1 - 4PM.  We will be training in conjunction with our sisters and brothers, in 41 states across the country, learning the essentials of nonviolent direct action, for the upcoming season of civil disobedience to challenge the nation's moral narrative.  Please register for this training here, and you will receive the details of the exact location of the training.

The day will begin with signing and a welcome from the Vermont leadership team.  Then we will hear from a number of coalition member leaders - who will ground us in the culture and strategy of this "fusion movement."  The focus of the day's training is what we are calling "nonviolent moral fusion direct action."  The day will include singing, sitting, standing, practicing, reading, and moving around.  We will ask all those present to sign the "covenant of nonviolence" that will unify us in action for our 40 Days together, in the state capital.   We will also log in to a national video-call, to hear from one another across the country, and feel the power of this fusion movement.

February 25th 2018 - VT PPC Mass Meeting

Sunday, February 25th 2018 4-6 PM

Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St, Barre VT

The Vermont Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival invites you to join us to hear about the Campaign and how you can help make it happen.

We are part of a national mobilization working together with existing organizations to continue to organize and strengthen our unity and power. Over 30 States and DC will be participate in an initial season of non-violent civil disobedience, this year, starting on May 14th and lasting into June. We call for an end to Systemic Racism, Systemic Poverty, Ecological Devastation, and the War Economy, and reviving a moral society!

History: The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival  is building on the Poor People's Campaign initiated by Dr. King and movement leaders 50 years ago.  The New Campaign is expanding on King's “giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism,” to include ecological devastation, while maintaining the same goal of a “fusion movement,"  seeking an end to systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation.

Childcare and light refreshments provided

find event on facebook

 

February 5th 2018 - Unity Press Conference

Monday, February 5, 2018, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Vermont StatehouseMontpelier (map)

On February 5th, 2018, together with 31 other states across the nation, the Vermont Poor People's Campaign held a Unity Press Conference at the statehouse to send a message to the legislature and the public, that we stand in solidarity with the poor and impoverished of this world to end the policies that uphold systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation.  Well over 100  people met in the Cedar Creek Room to hear from speakers - citizens who are directly impacted by these issues - to collectively send a message of power and unity to the entire state via major media outlets.  Led by the Vermont Solidarity Singers, we then sang and walked together to deliver our formal letters of intention, to House speaker, Mitzi Johnson, and Senate Pro Tempore, Tim Ashe.  (read letter and press release under "News" above)

The entire group reconvened in Room 11 where we were officially welcomed by the Vermont Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, to learn more about the national and statewide campaign, how to become more involved, and to sign up for organizing committees. Find a live video of the event here, and watch Earl Kooperkamp's interview on WCAX 3 here.

 

Systemic Racism Awareness Day at Statehouse

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 9:00 AM  8:00 PM

Vermont StatehouseMontpelier (map)

This is our day at the Statehouse, folks. We have a full day of events planned. Our goals are to expand competence and understanding of systemic racism, learn more about proposed legislation, and  engage legislators in discussion. After the press conference we'll take some time to snack and chat and end the evening with a movie and panel discussion. Join us for all or any of the day's activities:

9:00-12:00 - Advocacy Training in Room 11

3:00-3:30 - Systemic Racism Mitigation Press Conference

3:30 - 5:15 - Mixer and Social in the Cedar Creek Room

5:30 - 7:45 - Screening of Ava DuVarney's groundbreaking film "13th," hosted by Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, Justice For All, Sierra Club of Vermont.   find event on facebook

 

"At the River I Stand" Film Viewings: Burlington, Barre, Montpelier

BURLINGTON:  Saturday, January 13, 2018, 6:00 PM  8:00 PM @ Vermont Worker's Center, 241 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington (map)

BARRE:  Sunday, January 14, 2018, 6:00 PM  8:00 PM @ Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard, 39 Washington St, Barre  (map)

MONTPELIER:  Monday, January 15, 2018, 6:00 PM  8:00 PM @ Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main St Montpelier (map)

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a viewing of the 1993 documentary "At the River I stand." The film chronicles the AFSCME Memphis Sanitation workers strike in 1968, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have been to the mountaintop" speech. Dr. King was assassinated the following day. The film also documents the launching of the Poor People's Campaign and the aftermath of Dr. King's assassination. 

Following the movie, there will be a discussion of how to continue Dr. King's work today!

sponsored by green mountain labor council, rights & democracy, vermont workers center, poor people's campaign: a national call for moral revival, ue 255, justice for all, vermont democratic socialists of america, vermont interfaith action, vermont climate union

 

Official Lift Off of the Poor People’s Campaign A National Call for Moral Revival, December 4th

Monday, December 4, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main St, Montpelier, Vermont

The Poor People’s Campaign of Vermont will be live streaming “We a Are Here, A Poor People’s Call for a Moral Revival” at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, starting at 6:30 PM.  We will start with freedom songs locally. We will then go live to Washington DC, at the Howard Theatre to view a program honoring the civil rights movement and the emergence of a new energy for a moral revival. This event will feature the Kairos Center, Repairers Of The Breach, Ben and Jerry’s, The Campaign For Black Male Achievement, and multiple artists including Aloe Blacc, Sweet Honey In The Rock, J. Period and a special performance by Maxwell. This concert affirmation coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s initial 1967 Campaign Call. It will be a night of reflection, inspiration and an opportunity for action.   find event on facebook

 

Mass Meeting in Boston, October 19th

When: Thursday, October 19 at 7 PM – 9 PM EDT

Where: Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, Massachusetts

Join co-chairs Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis for a Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Thursday, October 19 at 7 PM at Trinity Church in Boston, MA to learn about the inspiration, vision and strategy of the PPC. The Campaign will build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor and dispossessed as moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.

If you are interested in being part of the Vermont car caravan, meet us at the Department of Labor in Montpelier at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 19th. We’ll divide between cars and get on the road by 2:00 PM

Can’t make the trip? 

watch the event live stream here

 

Vermont Community Meeting, October 29th

When: Sunday, October 29 at 2 PM – 4 PM EDT

Where: Montpelier

Hear a report back from the Mass Meeting in Boston, learn about the Poor People's Campaign, find out how you can get involved. We will discuss the work being done to launch a Vermont Poor People's campaign.