Category: Interviews

Reverend William Barber & Rev. Liz Theoharis: The New Poor People’s Campaign: Interview by Marc Steiner

The Marc Steiner Show
February 13, 2017

We are approaching the 50th Anniversaries of the assassination of Martin Luther King and his last great movement, the Poor People’s Campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign in its 21st Century form is surging back as a national movement founded by Rev. Dr. William Barber, who created the Moral Mondays Movement and is chair of the chair of the NAACP’s Legislative Political Action Committee, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, founder and co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, and coordinator of the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary. Rev.s Barber and Theoharis are touring the country working with local groups breathing a new life into the Poor People’s Campaign.

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Meet Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: Interview by Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s
January 30, 2018

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis is the co-director of the Kairos Center and the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, a National Call for Moral Revival. Building on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last, great unfinished project, the Poor People’s Campaign is taking on systemic poverty, systemic racism, environmental degradation, and militarism in an effort to end the war on the poor and transform our country.

We feel lucky to have had the chance to speak with Rev. Theoharis recently about her life, the Poor People’s Campaign, and how all of us, if we come together, can help save the soul of our democracy.

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Fighting for the Dream of Economic Justice: Interview by Shaun King

The Takeaway
January 15, 2018

It has been 50 years since the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his major push for economic justice.

Dr. King’s 1968 “Poor People’s Campaign” was a call for underprivileged people around the country to rise up and demand better jobs, wages, education and more. Dr. King touched on issues of poverty during a speech, on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated. At a church in Memphis, Tennessee, he spoke in support of sanitation workers in the city who were on strike in protest against low wages and unfair working conditions.

Now, half a century later, there’s a new effort underway to renew Dr. King’s campaign against poverty.

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Poor People’s Campaign Revival: A Season of Organizing: Interview by Sharmini Peries

The Real News
December 17, 2017

As the 50th anniversary of MLK Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign approaches, organizers want to take up King’s mantle to “unite the bottom of this country, to bring about real change, to shift the narrative that is demonizing people for the problems they’re facing and to build power from the bottom up,” says campaign co-chair Dr. Liz Theoharis

SHARMINI PERIES: It’s the Real News Network I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. In 1968, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with other civil rights leaders launched a Poor People’s Campaign. It was an effort to end poverty, racism and militarism in America.

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Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis Interviewed on the Love in a Dangerous Time podcast

Love in a Dangerous Time podcast
Interview by by Russ Jennings & Kristen Leigh
August 1, 2017

How many times have you heard someone try to stand in the way of work to end poverty by saying, “The poor will always be with us”? It’s as if they are saying that God wants a certain percentage of us to be living in poverty. We have heard quite a bit of this in the last few months, over the Trump budget proposal, and the various versions of trump’s healthcare (or maybe we should call it “Wealthcare”) proposals.

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Killing Trumpcare Before It Kills Us: Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis on Connecting Social Issues to Build Resistance

By Sarah Jaffe
July 20, 2017

Today we bring you a conversation with Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, the co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, and co-chair, with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, of the Poor People’s Campaign: A Call for Moral Revival.

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Eerdmans Author Interviews: Liz Theoharis

Eerdword: the Eerdmans blog
April 24, 2017

Matthew 26:11 is a verse Liz Theoharis hears often. In her work to end poverty, “the poor you will always have with you” is almost daily quoted at Theoharis as an argument that her work is futile.

Learn more about the context of this verse and Theoharis’s new book on the topic Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor in our interview below

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Interview with the Poor People’s Campaign: “Half of the US Population is Poor”

The Dawn News
Interview by María Torrellas
September 30, 2016

In the framework of the International Seminar of the Crisis of Capitalism in Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Dawn News interviewed Liz Theoharis and Willie Baptist from the Poor People’s Campaign, which is an effort of the poor in the United States. This movement is based on the campaign with the same name that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced on December 4, 1967.

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