Linda Sarsour at ‘Poor People’s March’ Says ‘This Movement Is an Act of Worship’ for Allah
On Sunday, the Poor People's Campaign began its 40-day cycle of mass meetings on Sundays, "direct action" protests on Mondays, and educational "teach-ins" on Tuesdays, resurrecting a late 1960s protest inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. 40 years later. Muslim Women's March co-founder Linda Sarsour said the protests were an "act of worship" to Allah.
"This movement is an act of worship. My God is a God of action. I’m gonna tell my Lord that I used every blessing that he gave me to stand up for his creations," Sarsour declared. As a Muslim, her God is Allah, the God of the Quran, not the God of the Bible.
Martin Luther King, Jr. organized the original Poor People's Campaign, or the Poor People's March on Washington, which began shortly after his assassination in 1968. After presenting a set of demands to Congress and executive agencies, protesters set up a camp in Washington, D.C., where they stayed for six weeks.
The campaign aimed at alleviating poverty through government programs. King demanded $30 billion for anti-poverty, full employment, guaranteed income, and the annual construction of 500,000 affordable residences.
The new movement, led in part by leftist pastor William Barber, posted a laundry list of demands, from repealing "racist voter suppression laws," to single-payer health care, to guaranteed full employment and income, to the "equal pay" canard, to the abolition of non-government education and the erasing of all debt ("We demand relief from crushing household, student, and consumer debt. We declare Jubilee"). The movement also demanded the repeal of the 2017 tax reform law that has led to $1,000 bonuses for workers across the country.
While the original protest organized by King focused on Washington, D.C., the 2018 version began with protests in 39 state capitals as well. Over a thousand protesters were arrested, New York magazine reported. The campaign will culminate in Washington, D.C., after the 40 days of protests conclude, with a big event on June 23.
"We understand that in order to change things we have to do the rallies, we have to do organizing, we have to do voter mobilization, we have to engage in civil disobedience," Barber, who launched North Carolina "Moral Mondays" protests pushing leftist demands, told National Public Radio (NPR).
"People will come together and put their mouths and their bodies on the line to force the nation, the media to have to see and hear the people that are impacted," Barber declared. His campaign suggested that the official poverty numbers far underestimate the true percentage of Americans who should be considered poor, which the campaign put at 43.5 percent.