Poor People’s Campaign holds demonstration

By Kevin Carroll [email protected]

			
				                                Member of Sunday’s caravan in support of the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign drive by Kingston Manor.
                                 Kevin Carroll | Times Leader

Member of Sunday’s caravan in support of the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign drive by Kingston Manor.

Kevin Carroll | Times Leader

Taking a stance against state violence, racism, mass incarceration and lack of access to healthcare and housing, a caravan of riders impacted by systemic injustice took a ride from Kingston Manor to the Pike County Prison on Sunday.

The Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign held “A Call For Moral Revival” on Sunday to demand immediate action from state and local officials on issues of violence and poverty in communities all over the state.

“We are sending the message that we refuse to be pitted against each other because of skin color, party affiliation or where we live. We refuse to have the Pennsylvania budget balanced on our backs. We cannot go back to a ‘normal’ that has a knee on our necks,” said Gemma Rosato, one of the people behind Sunday’s caravan and a member of Put People First! PA.

This group of individuals were part of a larger movement taking place all across Pennsylvania, with caravans in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia riding in support of the poverty-stricken simultaneously.

The northeastern portion of the movement began at Kingston Manor around 3 p.m. The group drove down Third Avenue, horns honking and signs proclaiming “We Declare Jubilee!” among other things waving in the wind.

The caravan also made a stop in Pittston at the Amazon Fulfillment Center before hitting the road and heading out to the Pike County Prison, where a group of speakers shared their own experiences with poverty and state violence.

Among the things listed in a release issued prior to the event, the caravan was protesting in support of healthcare for all, housing for all, guaranteed income for all and to end ecological devastation.

Sunday’s mobilization across Pennsylvania was in support of a larger movement: a Mass Poor People’s Assembly, to be held exclusively online on June 20.