On November 23, 2020, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival coordinated car caravans across the country to mourn more than a quarter of a million lives lost to COVID-19 in the United States, to demand a smooth and open transition of power and to call for an urgent moral policy agenda from the new presidential administration. …


On Sunday June 14th in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Northeastern PA, organizations, individuals and families in the PA Poor People’s Campaign came together as a strong, united force to highlight the interconnected injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and militarism.

In cars decorated with powerful images created by Pittsburgh artist and PA Poor People’s Campaign leader Kim Dinh, caravans collectively made visible 15 sites of systemic injustice while highlighting the relationship between corporate powers and the state that facilitates their profiteering…


Dr. Jennifer M. Frank, LSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Millersville University School of Social Work. She is also a member of the Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee of Put People First! PA and the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign.

One of the contemporary and divisive considerations associated with modern poverty discourse has been determining who is included in the “worthy” poor (Katz, 1989) — that is, who among the poor and disadvantaged is rightly entitled to the help and resources of the state. This is not a new question. The worthy vs. unworthy poor is an age-old distinction, predating even…


The Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee (HRC) of Put People First! PA was unable to prevent the closing of UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster hospital (St. Joseph’s hospital) but that didn’t stop them from continuing to organize around this issue. Once the hospital was closed the Lancaster HRC began the “Take Back St. Joseph’s” campaign and utilized the hospital’s history, personal and spiritual connection to the community to gain support, build the membership of the movement and develop a redevelopment vision of their own.

Right now, we are asking for a stay on the rezoning petition being proposed by UPMC to rezone the…


The Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign is publishing a series of testimonies from the leaders of the campaign about why they joined the campaign as part of a national effort to document and uplift the voices of the most affected. The following statement was given during a Poor People’s Hearing in Harrisburg, PA in November 2019.

Katrina Raser is a Healthcare Rights Committee co-coordinator with Put People First! PA in Harrisburg, PA.

On March 28th, 1979, Three Mile Island had a “partial meltdown.” Three Mile Island was a nuclear power plant about 15 miles from Harrisburg, PA.


Put People First! PA, as part of the PA Poor People’s Campaign, recently established the newest chapter of the National Union of the Homeless in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

In September, leaders from the National Union of the Homeless visited Lancaster for the Medicaid March on Penn Medicine organized by Put People First! PA (PPF-PA,) a member of the Coordinating Committee for the PA Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Medical debt and healthcare crises are leading causes of homelessness and securing healthcare is one of the biggest challenges for unhoused people.

Similarly, PPF-PA members fighting for healthcare…


On Saturday, September 7, The Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign organized a second Poor People’s Hearing, this time in Philadelphia. Poor People’s Hearings are occasions to hear directly from poor and dispossessed people engaged in interconnected struggles against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative. In a country where almost half the population is living in poverty, poor and dispossessed people have been erased in the corporate media and in the Democratic presidential debates.

Poor People’s Hearings change the narrative by changing the narrator.

Seven directly impacted people gave testimony at the hearing
Seven directly impacted people gave testimony at the hearing
Seven directly impacted people gave testimony at the hearing. Photo: Jen Cox

The hearing featured seven speakers addressing environmental racism; mass incarceration; living with disabilities…


Back in July 2018, after the 40 days of moral action were over, the PA Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s Coordinating Committee convened a gathering of leaders to reflect on the first phase of the campaign and plot out next steps. We set a goal to go to communities that had a hard time reaching Harrisburg for the 40 days. At that time we decided to visit Northern PA, beginning in Erie. In the fall, National put out a call to conduct National Emergency Truth and Poverty Tours across the country. …


Steve Jones of the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia at the PA Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Poor People’s Moral Agenda Announcement March 19, 2019

My name is Steve Jones. I am honored to bring you a message of solidarity from my union, the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia, and to join all of you in support of A Poor People’s Moral Agenda for Pennsylvania.

We support the demand for equity in education, ensuring every child receives a high-quality, well-funded, diverse public education, and an end to the re-segregation of schools.

We support the demand for “equitable funding for historically black colleges and universities and full funding for community colleges.”

Our union is currently in a fight for its life. In…


On Tuesday, March 19, nearly a hundred people from all over Pennsylvania traveled to the People’s House in Harrisburg to present our Moral Agenda and Policy Demands to the State Legislature. The speakers and participants during the Demand Delivery paint a picture of poverty in Pennsylvania: youth and senior, urban and rural, of all religions and races and all gender identities.

Throughout the event, speakers connected our demands to the most recent attacks on the poor in the Commonwealth.

Steve Jones, a member of the Faculty and Staff Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia, a union which will soon…

Pennsylvania Poor People's Campaign

PA-PPC: A National Call for Moral Revival is a movement led by the poor, demanding an end to poverty, racism, militarism & ecological devastation.

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