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Truth & Poverty “Spill the Tea” Tour
April 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Real National Emergency: Truth & Poverty “Spill the Tea” Tour!
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Greater Boston — The Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will take the movement to the streets for the Greater Boston “Spill The Tea” tour. A national mobilizing effort underway in over 40 states across the nation. Reverend Liz Theoharis (Co Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign) will join the Greater Boston efforts tour along with Unitarian Universalist faith leaders, Labor organizers, activists, students, the working poor and homeless in the spirit of the Freedom Rides to shift the narrative of this national emergency.
The mobile “teach-in” will break through the narrative about who is hurt by systemic racism by creating a platform of diverse impacted people, faith community and supporters to share their stories of how they’re impacted by poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy/militarism, and the Distorted Moral Narrative that continues to blame the poor for poverty.
Location & Time:
The gathering will begin at 9:00 A.M on Sunday April 28, 2019 in front of Northeastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont Street. Faith Leadership and organizers will prepare to kick off the event. The 48-passenger bus will begin to board at 10:00 A.M. From there the bus will make 5 STOPS.
Please RSVP with your name/affiliation to reserve a seat on the bus, or confirm the BUS STOP you’d like to meet the tour as we de-board for guest speakers.
STOP #1 (10:30 am): Proliferation of gun violence, mass incarceration: 930 Blue Hill Avenue at Harambee Park at the corner of Talbot and Blue Hill Avenue, near the Lee School and Perkins Community Center
STOP #2 (11:45 am): Gentrification: Dudley Café, Washington Street, Dudley Square
STOP #3 (12:30 pm): “Impact of Methadone Mile” – Environmental: Melnea Cass Blvd & Albany Street (Near Orchard Gardens) –
STOP #4 (1:30 pm): Immigration:Department of Children & Family Services, 600 Washington Street
STOP #5 (2:30 pm): Labor Exploitation: Faneuil Hall Market Place – S Market Street
STOP #6 (3:15 pm): Wealth, Homelessness: Massachusetts Budget: Copley Square Library
STOP #7 (3:45 pm) DROP OFF: Northeastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA.
In declaring a national emergency to fund an unnecessary border wall, Donald Trump has
provoked a conversation about what the word “emergency” actually means. There is a national
emergency of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy. And it
didn’t start with President Trump, though he is certainly making things worse. The truth is
poverty has increased by 60% since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King launched the 1968 poor
people’s Campaign, under both Democratic and Republican administrations. We can no longer
accept the same political discourse that for the past 50 years has refused to mention poverty
nor can we accept politicians enacting policies that prey on the poor.