Category: Video

Religious Leaders Shackled, Held in Jail Overnight, After Praying in Protest Outside Supreme Court

Democracy Now
June 13, 2018

Nine religious leaders were arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday in Washington, D.C., after participating in a national day of action for the new Poor People’s Campaign. They were handcuffed for five hours and jailed overnight in cells with cockroaches before being brought into court in ankle irons. The religious leaders were among 100 people arrested in Washington, D.C., Monday as part of the protests against poverty and racism. We speak with Rev. Liz Theoharis, who was one of the nine arrested Monday.

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“It’s Time for Moral Confrontation”: New Poor People’s Campaign Stages Nationwide Civil Disobedience. Interview with Democracy Now!

Democracy Now!
By Amy Goodman
May 14, 2018

On Mother’s Day 50 years ago, thousands converged on Washington, D.C., to take up the cause that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been fighting for when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968: the Poor People’s Campaign. A little more than a week after her husband’s memorial service, Coretta Scott King led a march to demand an Economic Bill of Rights that included a guaranteed basic income, full employment and more low-income housing. Half a century later, Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis have launched a new Poor People’s Campaign. Starting today, low-wage workers, clergy and community activists in 40 states are participating in actions and events across the country that will culminate in a mass protest in Washington, D.C., on June 23. We speak with Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

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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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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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Ending Poverty with Liz Theoharis

Vineyard Justice Network
Interviewed by Sydney Wilson
August 6, 2016

In today’s spotlight interview, VJN interviewed Liz Theoharis from the Kairos Center in New York. In this video she gives us her take on how to address the issue of poverty and homelessness and how church leaders can create environments where people of affluence and people experiencing poverty can live together in christian community.

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Imagining A New Poor People’s Campaign that Ends Poverty

Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Interview by Jim Vrettos for The Radical Imagination
January 24, 2016

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. started the Poor People’s Campaign as a social movement to end poverty. Today nearly 35 million Americans are still living in poverty, despite the country’s collective wealth.

On this episode of “The Radical Imagination;” host Jim Vrettos, a sociology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice sits down with the Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis and Willie Baptist, of the Kairos Center, to discuss strategies for building a new Poor People’s Campaign and eliminating poverty.

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