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Today, April 4th, 2010, Easter Sunday and the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, poor people and their allies unite with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) in the March To Fulfill The Dream -advancing Dr. King’s dream of ending poverty.

The March to Fulfill the Dream will visit dozens of cities between New Orleans and Detroit, the site of the US Social Forum 2010, to highlight the urgent need for affordable housing and healthcare in the United States. Housing, healthcare, and jobs are human rights according to the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, endorsed by the U.S. in 1948. Continuing the legacy of Dr. King’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, which was cut short by his assassination, the tour is part of a larger strategy to unite poor people’s groups and their allies from across the country to build a diverse nonviolent movement to end poverty.

The PPEHRC caravan will visit many cities, including historic cities from the Civil Rights movement, for which Dr. King became the famous spokesperson. Each stop will include marches, demonstrations, and speak-outs led by poor people from the local cities, dramatizing the plight of today’s swelling numbers of the poor. Among the stops is Marks, Mississippi, where Dr. King launched the original Poor People’s Campaign in 1968 with a march and caravan to the nation’s capital.

“We don’t expect the changes we need to come from Washington or Wall Street, so we are building a mass movement to fight for the healthcare, housing, and jobs we need,” stated Khalilah Collins of Women in Transition, a PPEHRC member group in Louisville, Kentucky. “We are developing leaders from the ranks of the poor to create solutions ourselves and build a sustainable system.”

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is a national coalition of over 125 grassroots anti-poverty groups, most of which are led directly by poor and homeless people. It is the nation’s largest anti-poverty organization that is led directly by the poor.

The March to Fulfill the Dream and the U.S. Social Forum (USSF) will connect poor people and anti-poverty groups from across the country with a special focus on education and leadership development.

The caravan, and the USSF itself, where more than 20,000 people representing progressive groups from across the U.S. and the world will gather, will provide spaces for poor people and their allies to further develop the analysis and strategy to build the movement and challenge the structures that cause poverty.

All major social movements in history have been led by those most affected by problems. The Civil Rights, American Revolution, and Women’s Suffrage movements were all led by those most oppressed by injustice. The crisis in our economic system gets fixed when poor people are organized to lead the fight,” said Cheri Honkala, National Organizer of PPEHRC.

We march, united, to bridge the gap across race lines, across gender lines, and across class lines, to “Fulfill the Dream”.

Join the march through major cities; the map route can be found here and on the website of PPEHRC (http://old.economichumanrights.org/USSF2010/route.shtml)

 

* New Orleans – April 4, 5,6,7
* Waveland – April 8,9,10
* Mobile – April 11, 12, 13
* Selma – April 14, 15 ,16
* Montgomery – April 17, 18, 19
* Birmingham – April 20, 21, 22
* French Camp – April 23, 24, 25
* Glendora – April 26 27, 28
* Marks – April 29, 30 and May 1st
* Memphis – May 2, 3 ,4
* Chattanooga – May 5, 6, 7
* Nashville – May 8,9,10
* Knoxville – May 11, 12, 13
* Louisville – May 14 15 16
* Lexington – May 17, 18, 19
* Cincinnati – May 20 21 22
* Dayton – May 23, 24, 25
* Columbus – May 26, 27 , 28
* Mansfield – May 29
* Akron – May 30, 31
* Youngstown/Warren – June 2-4
* Cleveland – June 5-8
* Lorain/Sandusky – June 9-11
* Toledo – June 12-14
* Benton Harbour – June 15-17
* Flint – June 18-20
* Detroit – June 21 and on to forum

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“End the War on the Poor!”

All wars are wars against the poor, the Earth, and the most vulnerable. The wars on the poor take many forms, including heavy military recruitment of poor youth, persecution of immigrant families, 500 years of violence against and incarceration of indigenous and black communities, militarized policing and industrial poisoning of poor neighborhoods… PEOPLE PROJECT wishes to join in struggle with all poor communities. Please join us to end all wars.

Millions of people are struggling to survive, to live in dignity, and provide for basic necessities. Millions more are a step away. To make it even more difficult, local ordinances and historic prejudice allow sheriffs, police and the criminal (in)justice system to harass, intimidate, jail, abuse, and fine some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

We Must Decriminalize Houselessness in Humboldt County!

Types of Criminalization Measures

Legislation that makes it illegal to sleep, sit, or store personal belongings in
public spaces, though many people, out of necessity, are forced to live in these areas.

Selective enforcement of public property laws so as to only target
people profiled as poor or houseless.

Selective enforcement of seemingly more neutral laws, such as loitering or
open container laws, against houseless persons.

Sweeps of areas where homeless persons are living,
frequently resulting in the destruction of those persons’ personal property,
including important documents, medication, and survival gear.

Media and sick societal attitudes that deem houseless people to be disposable
and deserving of abuse.

Laws and police harassment which intimidate and punish people for first amendment
activities of begging, panhandling, and holding signs asking for work.

In addition to direct action and litigation to decriminalize houselessness,
with your support, we will petition the Board of Supervisors and City Councils to:

1. Eliminate all ordinances that violate constitutional laws and basic human
rights.
2. Stop the deliberate campaign of cruelty, disappearance and deprivation by
local government against houseless people
3. Relinquish a sizable piece of city or county property to us so that we can
cultivate a safe sleep and community space.

Demand Social and Economic Justice

Trillions! of dollars and lives have been stolen from us by the Financial Industry’s Fraud, Corporate Greed, Prison Industrial Complex, the overkill Military Budget, the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is time for new priorities. We demand health care, child care, housing, education and good jobs.
Protest! Rally! March! Stand Up! Speak Out! Organize! Unite!
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PEOPLE PROJECT

GROCERY NEEDS

–Beans (canned or dried)
pinto, garbanzo, adzuki, black, kidney, mung, etc.

–Olive Oil !! –Nuts

–Soy, Rice, Almond MILKS –Organic Sugar

–Produce: onions, squash, garlic, mushrooms, fruit, potatoes, yams, greens,
peas, etc.

–Organic Coffee

–Tortilla Chips

–Green Peas

–Tamari/Soy Sauce

–Brown Rice

–other Grains (quinoa, wild rice, steel cut oats, etc.)

–Flour Tortillas

–Bread

–Herbal Teas

–Juice

–Vegenaise (mayonnaise with no dairy or eggs)

–Organic Corn Meal or Polenta
To print the PEOPLE PROJECT grocery needs list (for good meals at the protests, Good Morning Neighbors! Breakfast, and meetings) click HERE

Please see our ‘Donation Requests’ page in this website.

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This is a message from Verbena

Greetings all,

This is probably my least favorite task, but here we are again asking for money contributions… We need to pay rent and bills (we don’t use heat, so our bills aren’t too high, except for phone bills- which rise incredibly from jail calls). Also, due to continuous rain, every few days we need to wash and dry blankets, towels, and clothes -for lots of people.

We’re hoping to get another safe sleeping space going (grass roots style, of course) for people who otherwise have no safe sleeping place. Once again, we will be doing lots of laundry and needing miscellaneous supplies.

I know that money is scarce all around (at least for most ordinary folks), but if you can eek out any “spare change”, we can keep things together. We can keep PARC open and thriving and support the projects that we generate.

Please call if you want to drop off or mail any money: (707) 442-7465
Also, we still have the paypal account at the PARC webpage: parc.2truth.com

Please pass on this request if you know people who might contribute. Although, right now we need rent money for the beginning of February, donations at any time of the month are super appreciated.

Thank you!

–Verbena

FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL! http://redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net/node/375#node-375

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PEOPLE PROJECT is hosting another GRUB –N– GRAB!!!

ALL DAY, Wednesday, March 26th

PEOPLE PROJECT invites community of all ages and at any time between 8am and 7pm Wednesday to come eat and pick up adult, baby & kids clothes and shoes, cooking utensils, etc. Or just come and hang out in a dignified space of sharing.

WHERE: on E and 10th (big grassy area) in Eureka

PEOPLE PROJECT wants to inspire compassion, sharing, empowerment, community cooperation…

Because it’s a big deal to give things away for free…
because it’s a big deal to feed people for free…
and in public…
and feed people ya don’t know…
because PP wants to create and encourage spaces and activities where we can re-imagine and experience what community looks and feels like –where we value dignity, health, and respect for all, with value having nothing to do with money….
We’re doin’ the Grub-N-Grab!!

PEOPLE PROJECT focuses on houseless and poor peoples’ rights and building dignified community. Direct Action and open dialogue are central to this grass-roots ‘project’.

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