Poor People’s Campaign

Poor People’s Campaign

We are now into the third week of the Poor People’s Campaign. Originally based on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign; a fight against racism, poverty as well as a fight for a more peaceful world. In the present Poor People’s Campaign we include environmental degradation as it disproportionately impacts the poor.

Rabbi Doug Alpert & the Reverand Rodney E. Williams march together at a Poor People’s Campaign event in Jefferson City.

The goal is to put the needs of the poor and issues of poverty, both moral issues, back into the political dialogue, and living out our values of helping all who are in need. No one who works two or three jobs should be making poverty wages. Everyone should have their voice heard, in the halls of power and in the voting booth.

On a personal level, this is based on a more simple idea, that no child should live in fear for their safety because of the color of their skin; no parent of any race or background should wake up and wonder each day whether or not there will be sufficient means to feed their kids; veterans who courageously serve our country (as we honor them on Memorial Day this year) should have all they need to live quality lives; and it is never right to separate children from their parents because of their country of origin.

There will be more opportunities to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign on the following dates:

In Jefferson City on:

Monday, June 4. 10:30 am – 1;30 pm
Monday, June 11 10:30 am -1:30 pm
Monday, June 18. 10:30 am-1:30 pm

In addition there will be a rally in Kansas City on the morning of Monday, June 11 beginning at 6 am at 4605 Paseo.

For more information on how you can be involved please contact me at: rabbidoug@kolamikc.org

Congregation Kol Ami is led by Rabbi Doug Alpert. A life-long Kansas City resident, Doug completed his rabbinic studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, New York, and was ordained in May, 2012. Doug was the rabbinic intern at Congregation Ohev Sholom in Kansas City for three years. He holds a Masters in Judaic Studies from the Siegal College of Jewish Studies in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also an attorney, and served as the executive director of the Kansas City Jazz Commission and legal counsel for the International Association of Jazz Educators.

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