Phoenix Update and Campaign Recap

Halfway through the Launch

Today marks the first day of the fourth week of the Poor People’s 40-day launch campaign. Check the end of this message for events coming up this week!
Here’s a recap of our actions so far:
WEEK 1 – “Somebody’s Hurting our People: Child Poverty, Women, People with Disabilities”

During this week, we came together in solidarity with the Mother’s Day Bailout Brunch at Coronado Cafe to help raise money for mothers who cannot afford to post bail. Then, on Tuesday, May 15th, we held our first teach-in at First Church UCC. Our evening consisted of a powerful speech from the Director of the Department of Economic Security Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Dr. Erica McFadden and small group discussion surrounding poverty and our personal experiences. Later that week, we held an open mic in downtown Phoenix where people were able to share their stories pertaining to what life in poverty is really like. To cap off the first week, we had an awesome art and prayer party where we screen-printed signs in preparation for Friday’s march, fellowshipped, and spent time in prayer and meditation to stay focused on the spiritual core of our movement.

WEEK 2 – “Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, and the mistreatment of indigenous people”

This week featured a meeting in solidarity with Food Not Bombs at the Phoenix Youth Hostel, a teach-in at the First Church UCC, and a powerful march downtown. Our teach-in told incredible personal experiences of environmental racism and encountering bias in daily life. Friday’s march was a major gathering and turning point for the campaign. Community members, artists, leaders, and families came together and marched from University Park to the Phoenix Police Department, the 4th Avenue Jail where ICE has been operating, and the Country Recorder’s Office, which counts ballot results after our elections. At each stop, different people spoke out against the injustices represented at each location. This march was special and unique in that it highlighted the intersections between racism, voting rights, immigration, and jail.

WEEK 3  – “The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence”

This week, we discussed the harsh realities of the war economy and militarism. We also held committee break-out sessions during our General Assembly at the UU church on Sunday. Our teach-in Tuesday highlighted further injustices of the war economy and gave us alternative methods of consensus-building to use as we continue the process of organizing activity in the Phoenix area. On June 1st, people came together for a “flash mob” to raise awareness and pass out flyers with the demands of the Poor People’s Campaign listed on them. The goal was to reach 100 new people about the campaign. That goal was surpassed.


June 3, 2018, kicks off the second half of our 40-day launch of the campaign

WEEK 4: “Ecological Devastation: The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet”

If you haven’t become involved yet, now is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the ideas of the campaign issues, including systemic racism, poverty, and the war economy & militarism. A great way to do that is to come to Tuesday Teach-ins and upcoming events listed below. Many organizations in Phoenix focus on each of these issues respectively. The Poor People’s Campaign exists to highlight the intersections of these issues and unify our causes on the basis of economic reform so that the power of collective action can put us in the position to make real change.

If you have ideas, would like to convene, or have resources to offer, please contact us at info (at)

Stay in touch via Facebook and email, and gather together at the scheduled events so we can build our community and become the strong and unsettling force prophesied by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jessie Giambra and Lori Stone Sirtosky
Arizona Poor People’s Campaign Volunteers (PHX)


Ecological Devastation: The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet , June 3-9

Tuesday Teach-in
When: Tuesday, June 5, 6:00pm
Where: First Church UCC 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
What: Teach-in on theme featuring guest speakers, multimedia, and community building.
RSVP to get reminder >>

Volunteer Orientation Video Call
When: Wednesday, June 6, 9:00pm
What: For people interested in getting more involved with the campaign and working with one of the planning teams.

Cultural Arts Day
When: Thursday, June 7, 7:30pm
Where: Outdoors between 3rd and 4th St. on the northside of Roosevelt St.
What: A drum circle and open mic to share our stories and create awareness surrounding theme
RSVP to get reminder >>


Everybody’s Got the Right to Live: Jobs, Income, Housing, and the Right to Education (June 10-16)

Group Gathering and Potluck
When: Sunday, June 10, 1:00pm
Where: 2301 W. Osborn Rd.
What:  A General Assembly meeting/group gathering potluck lunch to build community, continue our planning process, and focus on the upcoming day of Global Solidarity, June 23rd.
RSVP to get reminder >>

Tuesday Teach-in
When: Tuesday, June 12, 6:00pm
Where: First Church UCC 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
What: Teach-in on theme featuring guest speakers, multimedia, and community building.
RSVP to get reminder >>

Cultural Arts Day
When: Thursday, June 14, 7:30pm
Where: TBA
What: A community open mic to share personal experiences related to the theme
RSVP Coming Soon!


A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative (June 17-23)

“Justice for Migrants” ICE Vigil and Father’s Day Rally
When: Sunday, June 17, 6:00pm
Where: Central United Methodist Church will be our base and the rally/vigil will be at the ICE Field Office next door
What: A demonstration protesting our broken immigration system which tears families apart. Candles and supplies will be provided.
RSVP to get reminder >>

Tuesday Teach-in
When: Tuesday, June 19, 6:00pm
Where: First Church UCC 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
What: Teach-in on theme featuring guest speakers, multimedia, and community building.
RSVP for a reminder >>

Cultural Arts
When: Wednesday, June 20, 8:00 pm
Where: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
What: “An Unsettling Force” open mic and concert with Cultiv8n Culture Arts Collective
RSVP to get reminder >>

Global Day of Solidarity
When: Saturday, June 23, all day
Where: TBA
What: People’s resource fair and concert. This day will be a show of solidarity on behalf of all issues and themes covered by the Poor People’s Campaign. There will also be a mass gathering and call to action in Washington D.C. Contact us if you’re interested in volunteering this day or if you’d be interested in heading to Washington D.C.
RSVP Coming Soon!

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