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Announcement :: Organizing
Study Group: The Souls of Poor Folk, Policy Audit of America 50 Years after MLK, Jr. - May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Jamaica Plain - Boston
16 May 2018
Wednesdays, May 16th and 30th

Please call 617-354-2169 or email info (at) to sign up.

In advance of the Poor People’s Campaign’s 40 days of action, the Institute for Policy Studies has released The Souls of Poor Folk, an audit of America 50 years after Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. and many others launched the original Poor People’s Campaign to challenge racism, poverty, the war economy, and the nation’s distorted morality.

The report, which was wrritten by IPS with support from the Urban Institute, shows that, in many ways, we are worse off than in 1968. Legislative actions and legal decisions have gutted the Voting Rights Act and severely restricted the ability of people of color, women and young people to vote. There are 15 million more people living in poverty and nearly eight times as many inmates in state and federal prisons. The audit serves to explicitly outline the issues at the heart of the Poor People’s Campaign.

“There’s an enduring narrative that if the millions of people in poverty in the U.S. just worked harder, they would be lifted up out of their condition,” said John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies. “But here we’re proving—with data and analysis spanning 50 years—that the problem is both structural barriers for the poor in hiring, housing, policing, and more, as well as a system that prioritizes war and the wealthy over people and the environment they live in. It is unfathomable, for example, that in the wealthiest nation in the world, medical debt is the No. 1 cause of personal bankruptcy filings, and 1.5 million people don’t have access to plumbing.”

Please join us for an in-depth discussion and study of the audit! We will have two sessions, May 16th and 30th at 7pm, and discuss half of the report at each session. Please call the MAPA office at 617-354-2169 or email info (at) for the address and additional details.

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