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Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign: We Need a Third Reconstruction Now!
Mon June 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
The Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign will hold news conferences in Boston outside of the office of Rep. Stephen Lynch and in Springfield outside of the office of Rep. Richard Neal to demand that they (and all our representatives) embrace the Third Reconstruction resolution to end poverty and low wages in this country. Emerging from the pain and organizing power of the 140 million people living in poverty or with low wages in this nation, the congressional resolution for a Third Reconstruction reflects an omnibus vision for a fundamental restructuring of society that lifts from the bottom. The nonpartisan resolution is a response to years of movement building to create the collective resolve necessary to implement real and transformational legislative action.
Program for Monday, June 7th:
- 11:30 am ET: Arrive and gather signs and assemble for the press conference
- 12 noon – 1 pm: Press conference and rally
- 3:00 pm: Watch the national online program at 3rdReconstruction.org
Boston Event- Outside the office of U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, One Harbor Street, (South Entrance), Boston, MA. Parking Locations: ABM Parking 369 Northern Ave (1min.); SP+ Parking (garage) 1 Boston Fish Pier; LOT H Massport Parking; 591 Congress St. parking lot (4min walk)
Springfield Event- Outside of the office building of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, 300 State Street (corner of State and Elliot), Springfield MA
And at 3 pm join us online: www.3rdReconstruction.org for the national program.
Drawing on the transformational history of the First Reconstruction following the Civil War and the Second Reconstruction of the civil rights struggles of the 20th century, the Third Reconstruction is a revival of our constitutional commitment to establish justice, provide for the general welfare, end decades of austerity, and recognize that policies that center the 140 million are also good economic policies that can heal and transform the nation. This resolution recognizes that in order to build a true Third Reconstruction we must simultaneously deal with the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the denial of health care, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism that blames the poor instead of the systems that cause poverty. We are building to June 21, when we will hold a National Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers Assembly, which will be held online and at a socially distanced rally in Raleigh. The Poor People’s Campaign then launches a one-year campaign toward a Moral March on Washington and Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers Assembly on June 18, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
For Covid safety we are asking that all participants wear double masks and remain at least 8ft apart at all times. If you are feeling at all ill, even the slightest of symptoms we ask that you stay at home and watch this program online.