Pete Ackerman (Palm Beach MM) and Phil Stone (Clearwater MM) sent in some news and photos from the Poor Peoples’ Campaign (PPC) June 11th action in Tallahassee. The rally was on the Week Five theme, ‘Everybody’s got the right to live: Education, Living Wage, Income, Housing.’ Buses brought people from Orlando, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg and other cities.
Phil Stone writes:
“I went on the St. Pete bus. There were about 200 people present (at the rally), with a strong labor presence from Fight for $15, fast-food workers demanding union representation, Faculty Forward which is organizing adjunct college faculty, and We Count, an organization of undocumented immigrants. We assembled outside the Capitol, then marched inside for the rally in the rotunda. The speakers were amazing. Other than Rachel, the co-chair of the Florida Poor People’s Campaign, all were people of color.
“I am very glad I went. The long bus ride was a great opportunity to talk with folks.”
Pete Ackerman was the Campaign’s liaison to the police. After the rally, people blocked the street in front of the Capitol. The gathering was peaceful and there were no arrests.
A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative is the theme for Week 6 (June 17-22), the last week of the 40 days of action, which will culminate on June 23 with a mass rally in Washington DC.
Upcoming Events include:
Monday, June 18, 2018 Action in Tallahassee
- 11:30am-1:30pm Pre-Action Training (required for those who wish to do civil disobedience.) RSVP to learn location: Florida@poorpeoplescampaign.org
- 2:00 PM Rally, 1st Floor Lobby of New Capitol Building• 400 S Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399
- See the event facebook page>
Tuesday, June 19 • Truthful Tuesday Teach-In
- 7:30 pm, Livestreaming from the PPC Facebook page>
- To see the first 5 “Truthful Tuesdays,” visit the PPC Videos page>
Monday, June 23 • Washington DC
Stand Against Poverty, Mass Rally & Moral Revival
- 10 am – 1 pm: Mass Rally at the National Mall in Washington DC
- see the event page on Facebook>
To learn of transportation from Florida and housing options in DC, or if you plan to go, want to go with other Quakers, or can offer rides,
Contact Pete Ackerman:
SEYM Friends in Georgia and South Carolina are encouraged to check in with the PPC website ‘Find Your Event’ page> and their state’s PPC facebook pages for events at their state capitals: