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I’m speaking this morning at @wheaton's 184th Commencement in Norton, Massachusetts. Watch live now:…
Thank you, @wheaton, for this honor and the honor of speaking today to all the graduates! Graduate today. Get together, and get involved tomorrow. #PoorPeoplesCampaign #MoralMovement

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@peterdaou Hi Peter! I'll explain this in full.

This may be a bit long winded but I'll do my best, ok?

While the narrative between #NeverHillary & #NeverBernie may look very similar on the outside, I feel there are very huge differences. /1
@peterdaou For us Berners, it is all about issues & policy . That & only that. Many of us, like myself, are NOT Democrats. I once was but I left the party in the 90s over it's refusal to support gay rights. As it is now, I'm a Green & I am crossing party lines to vote for Bernie. /2
@peterdaou Are there other Dems I would vote for? Yes there this time around. Mike Gravel being one.

For us though, we don't care what party someone is a member of, we care about who will help people the most in an age when 50% of American's can't afford the basics. /3
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Themes from the opening and keynote speaker at @UBSSW Poverty is a Human Rights Issue: 4th Annual Symposium:
- Poverty is nuanced
- It is based on the history of the United States and US Social Policy
- Many “good” policies to integrate individuals have been create but..
Have been created so marginalized communities can be integrated because profits have been able to be made off of their exploitation (ie. Predatory Lending allows credit, for profit education allows debt and worthless degrees) #PHRI #MacroSW #Policy
- There are many two tiered systems (4% loan rates vs 11% loan rates).
- Military budget
- If we have Medicare for all, how do we ensure a second system for the wealthy doesn’t get created so we don’t wind up back where we started? #MacroSW #PHRI
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We lost an LDF legend - Ms. Jean Fairfax. If you don’t know about her please take the time to read our tribute. Organizer, education visionary, master strategist who shaped and influenced Title I.…
The work of Jean Fairfax spanned nearly half a century. The great Derrick Bell first met Fairfax when she was organizing rural families in Mississippi around education in the years after Brown. He writes movingly about her in his book Silent Covenants.
As Director of @NAACP_LDF’s Division of Legal Information and Community Services, Jean Fairfax oversaw the publication of groundbreaking and influential reports about poverty, employment discrimination and education.
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Our monetary system obfuscates what people are contributing to society. The assumption that because someone has money, they are contributing to society, is false, as is it false to assume those without money aren't contributing.

We created a private property system which locked up resources behind walls & then decided to create keys to those locks called money. Not only is it incorrect to assume that because someone lacks enough keys, they don't deserve access to what they need to survive, it's immoral.
Meanwhile, the ownership & inheritance of locks leads to the passive accumulation of more keys, and in such a system where working for lock owners is required in order to obtain keys, and doing nothing but having a lock leads to keys, we perpetuate an unjust system of domination.
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#TuesdayThoughts: I wasn't able to be as productive as I wanted to be this year given an (often-ass-kicking) autoimmune disorder, but here's a thread of a few highlights.

As always, I remain so grateful to you all for your continued support.❤️
First, I am very proud of co-editing, with @m_hild, Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power. We had perceptive, brilliant scholars contributing essays on a wide variety of topics. Look for the paperback release in 2019!…
Second, was absolutely honored to be asked to write a piece commemorating the life and legacy of #MartinLutherKing #MLK for the National Civil Rights Museum. I chose to write about #poverty and the #PoorPeoplesCampaign:…
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Ok, America. Your July 4th/Independence Day thing is coming up. Here are a few things that I think you should re-read or read for the first time. I have included audio where possible so you don't have any excuses. 1/
To get your hearts, minds and souls in order, I think you should start with Rev. Dr. William Barber. He is an important figure in my life and has taught me what this work looks like morally and practically. I am thankful to God for him. 2/
"I say to you tonight, there are some issues that are not left versus right, liberal versus conservative, they are right versus wrong. We need to embrace our deepest moral values and push for a revival of the heart of our democracy." Rev. Dr William Barber 3/
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"The United States is the only country in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights
of the Child, which protects the economic and social rights of children"
"At the end of the day, however,
particularly in a rich country like the United States, the persistence of extreme poverty is a
political choice made by those in power"

"The cornerstone of American society is democracy, but it is being steadily
undermined, and with it the
"human right to political participation protected in article 25 of
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The principle of one person, one
vote applies in theory, but is increasingly far from the reality."
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Today was the last Moral Monday of the #PoorPeoplesCampaign. Here in Alabama we marched on the capitol with working people, activists, clergy and @UniteThePoor to elevate the circumstances of the 45 million people living below the poverty line in America. #TheMarchContinues
“Our country, supposedly built on justice for all, was built on slavery and genocide. But the power of the people united is greater than the people in power. And I don’t want to see my grandchildren here in 50 years.” — Tony Algood #PoorPeoplesCampaign #TheMarchContinues
“It ain’t about color, religion, sex — it’s about humanity. The upper class want to see you as a victim. I see you as someone struggling for justice, not for a few but everyone. Everyone needs this work.” — Imam Salbri #PoorPeoplesCampaign #TheMarchContinues
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#SteveBannon has dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father’s name, work and words.

Bannon’s assertion that my father, #MLK, would be proud of Donald Trump wholly ignores Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc. being treated with dignity and respect.
My father’s concerns were not sectional, but global. He was an activist for the civil rights of Black people in America, but he was also an activist for human rights. #MLK
Further, he would not refer to people as “illegal aliens.” The term is degrading and does not reflect his belief that we are all a part of the human family. #MLK
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The story of America is not a struggle b/w liberal & conservative visions of common life; it’s the story of a plantation economy struggling against everyday people for power & control.
Every successful effort to expand democracy—from abolition to women’s suffrage to labor & civil rights—has been driven by a moral movement among everyday people.
The plantation economy resisted moral movements by investing in #slaveholderreligion. Preachers who defend anti-democratic policies are well-funded by the corporate elites & those who remain quietly apolitical are rewarded.
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The speed and force with which the Trump Administration and Republicans are moving to make the lives of people with low-incomes even harder is both appalling and disorienting. Here is today’s brutal move (thread):…
Yesterday they took away protections for people who are targeted and steered towards predatory loans.…
And threatened to make people who get housing assistance more vulnerable to homelessness.…
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Theologically, there is a difference b/w profanity & cursing. To curse is to pronounce harm. For a President to write off whole countries as "sh!&holes" in the course of advocating policies of discrimination and inequality is cursing.
The President & those who defend him are cursing, not blessing the nation. They curse every time they cover up racism, write tax policy, healthcare policy & voter suppression policies that hurt & discriminate. This is cursing.
Truth be told, sometimes when I see what they are doing, I want to say it’s a d&@n shame. But what I feel & may say is in no way comparative to the cursing they are doing.
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