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June 16, 2022
Catholic Presence at Poor People’s Campaign
Washington, D.C. – A group of Catholic organizations including Franciscan Action Network (FAN), NETWORK Lobby, Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Sisters of Mercy, and Pax Christi USA have coordinated a Catholic presence for the Poor People’s Campaign Moral March on Washington this Saturday, June 18th.
The Moral March will bring together a wide range of organizations and individuals to raise up the voices of poor and low-wage workers. The march will be taking place in front of the US Capitol and is demanding that President Biden meet with representatives of the movement on behalf of America’s impoverished citizens, who face the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and more.
The Catholic contingent will include sisters, friars, and lay associates as well as many other Catholics committed to solidarity with the impoverished and marginalized. A group of approximately 100 will gather to pray at 9am in front of St. Patrick Church at 10th Street NW
in DC before joining the Moral March down Pennsylvania Ave under a “Catholics for Justice” banner. Meanwhile, religious and lay Catholics around the country will hold watch party gatherings to participate in the march virtually and spiritually.
FAN’s Director of Campaigns Tobias Harkleroad, OFS said, “The gospels and Catholic social teaching call us to care about the common good and put the needs of the impoverished and vulnerable first. Our nation is at a moment that calls for unity and solidarity to tackle many problems that conspire to cause great stress and hardship for those in poverty and low-wage jobs. It is so important for all of us to look across lines of division to see our common humanity and our common struggles so that we can create solutions for the common good. We are proud to unite our voices with the Poor People’s Campaign to seek justice together!”