The Revs. Dr. William Barber II and Dr. Liz Theoharis will launch the nationwide National Emergency Poverty and Truth Bus Tour March 23 on the 50th anniversary of the historic Charleston Hospital strike of 1969 with a rally at 10AM at 1544 E Montague Ave. in North Charleston. The Poor People’s Campaign’s organizing tour is a push to highlight the urgent crises facing the nation’s 140 million poor and low-income people and hold accountable the officials and electeds who perpetuate policy violence against vulnerable communities.
This Saturday, Revs. Barber and Theoharis will join the South Carolina Poor People’s Campaign, Health Care Workers United and the Charleston Alliance for Fair Employment to honor the women who led the 1969 hospital workers strike, a bold fusion of labor power and civil rights protest that shut down business as usual for 141 days in Charleston. They will mark the anniversary of the beginning of the strike with a rally and a series of workshops aimed at training the next generation of activists.
The stop in Charleston kicks off the 28-state National Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour which comes amidst a barrage of attacks on the poor from Washington and states across the country, including attempts by the president to divert critical funds away from social safety net programs toward the military and the border wall. It marks the next phase of the campaign’s nationwide efforts to highlight the real emergencies of poverty, systemic racism, ecological devastation, militarism and our distorted moral narrative; build power in often overlooked and underserved communities; and impact policies and elections.
The national bus tour will launch March 23 in Charleston on the 50th anniversary of the historic Charleston hospital strike. Throughout the tour, organizers will sign up poor and impacted people, clergy, and activists for a June Poor People’s Moral Action Congress in Washington, DC.