Media roundup: Poor People’s Campaign begins actions across United States

Media roundup: Poor People’s Campaign begins actions across United States

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.

Rachel Walden


Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Susan Frederick-Gray was among the seventeen Unitarian Universalists arrested in Washington D.C. on Monday, May 14, the first of a series of direct actions launched by the Poor People’s Campaign. Frederick-Gray wrote that her call to join the direct action is rooted in her Unitarian Universalist faith: “In the absence of the money to buy speech or politicians, we still have the power of faith and of the force of agape love that Dr. King spoke of as the force that could save us as a nation and recover the goodness and possibility that lives in us all.” Today’s Poor People’s Campaign is envisioned as a continuation of the campaign begun by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967–1968. ( Vice- 5/14/18)

Learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival.

Read UU World’s coverage of the May 14 event in Washington D.C..

The Rev. Shawna Foster, minister of Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church in Carbondale, Colorado, was also arrested in D.C. at the Poor People’s Campaign rally. She discussed how this social justice event compared to others she’s involved in as part of her support of the campaign, where she brings her experience as a member of clergy and also as a U.S. veteran to her ministry. ( The Sopris Sun- 5/16/18)

Coverage of state capital protests:

“Greater Morristown minister, immigrant advocate arrested in Trenton protest” ( 5/14/18)

“Keep the Faith: Moral movement targets statehouses” ( Worcester Telegram - 5/12/18)

“SC Protesters Demand Change During Poor People's Rally” ( US News- 5/14/18)

“Protesters try to reignite MLK’s ‘Poor People’s Campaign’ at Statehouse rally” ( Lawrence Journal World- 5/14/18)

“‘This is all of our fight’: Anti-poverty protest leads to arrests in Downtown Indianapolis” ( IndyStar- 5/14/18)

“Coalition shines light on the revival of MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign” ( Naples Florida Weekly- 5/17/18)