US ‘Poor People’s Campaign’ to Begin 40 Days of Action Next Month
RALEIGH, N.C. — As organizers rekindle an economic justice effort the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was planning when he was killed, they are looking at people like Amy Jo Hutchison to lead the way.
Hutchison, 46, is the single mother of two daughters, ages 14 and 11. She’s on Medicaid, and her daughters are enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides low-cost coverage. She has a full-time job and a bachelor’s degree. And she’s white.
“People perceive me as solidly middle class,” said Hutchinson, who lives in Wheeling and is one of the campaign’s leaders in West Virginia. But she describes herself as living on the “high end of poverty.”
“There’s never a month when two flat tires wouldn’t cripple me,” she said in a phone interview Monday.
Leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign plan to start 40 days of protests, marches and other actions on May 14. Supporters in 30 states will be trained on nonviolent direct actions, taking cues from the “Moral Monday” movement that the Rev. William Barber led in North Carolina when he was head of the state chapter of the NAACP. read more