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REAL Durham joins the Poor People’s Campaign

On June 23, about 10 members of REAL Durham took the bus to Washington DC for the Poor People’s Campaign Rally & March. Leader Veronica Terry brought six of her children, Cheryl Reavis came with members of her family, and Rebekah Fleming was accompanied by her husband, Les.

REAL Durham and other Durham community members, in association with Durham People's Alliance and the NAACP, at the Poor People's Campaign Rally & March in Washington, DC. -- Photo courtesy Durham PA

They left before daybreak and returned late at night, joining thousands of people for a “national call for moral revival.” The campaign, co-chaired by Reverend William Barber II and Reverend Liz Theoharis, continues the campaign started by Martin Luther King in 1968 just before he was assassinated and is committed to take on the challenges of ‘the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.’ The broad, cross-issue and nonpartisan scope of the campaign is illustrated by one of the speaker’s comment: "The military industrial complex is corporate greed weaponized." See for more information.

Members of REAL Durham at the Poor People's Campaign rally and march in Washington, D.C. -- Photo collage by Veronica Terry

Rebekah’s overview of the march:

“I was impressed by the intentional diversity of the speakers at the rally. Speakers were Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian, and white, women and men, transgender and cisgender, queer and straight identified. The speakers shared not only their anger, deep hurt, and fear due to the injustice done by our current system, put also their pride in the steps they have taken to fight back and demand better living and working conditions. Rev. Barber's speech emphasized that the rally and march were just the beginning of work that must continue until the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and the nation's distorted morality are healed. We have a long way to go.”

As Veronica stated, “We do this as a family to show unity. I told them [the children], ‘This is history in the making.’”

-- As quoted in the Washington Post

REAL Durham plans to participate in the follow-up to the march in Washington, working with local groups to continue taking action – calling for legislative changes and mobilizing voters in the November elections.

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