Texas Poor People's Campaign
Texas Poor People’s Campaign
Olinka Green, Marcus Russell and Bre Jackson are main organizers for the Texas Poor People’s Campaign who, in the past year, have received Environmental Justice Awards from both the Dallas Sierra Club and Green Source DFW. They will be accepting the Justice-Seeking Organization of the Year Award on behalf of the Texas Poor People’s Campaign.
From the panhandle to the border, from El Paso to the gulf coast, Texans are coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. The Texas Poor People's Campaign is a part of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, an organization led by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. This organization is carrying on the work of the original 1968 Poor People's Campaign, which was led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
This is a moral fusion movement with people from of all faiths and backgrounds who are deeply committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation and to building unity across lines of division. The campaign has spent years connecting with communities across the nation, learning from the struggles being waged, gathering testimonies and chronicling demands of hundreds of poor people who demand a better society. The campaign is motivated by a desire for economic justice: the idea that all people should have what they need to live.