Group Asks Elected Officials to Support ‘Third Reconstruction’ Community Calls for Elected Officials to Support 'Third Reconstruciton'

CNY Poor People's Campaign Leads Fight Against Poverty

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) The Central New York Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) hosted a rally Monday afternoon outside the Galleries of Syracuse at 441 S. Salina Street.

The rally was part of the New York State Poor People’s Campaign “Moral Monday.” The campaign is calling for a national moral revival to address systemic poverty and racism, the war economy and ecological devastation among others.

A key component to the group’s efforts is the Third Reconstruction, also known as U.S. House Resolution 438. H.R. 438 addresses poverty and low wages from the bottom up. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on May 25 and also addresses voting rights, demilitarization, tax breaks and other policy topics.

“We need to rebuild our system because these systems that we have in front of us are systems that have been designed to benefit some while disregarding the poor, disregarding the people,” said Pastor Eric Jackson of Plymouth Congregation Church in Syracuse.

The campaign is encouraging elected officials to enact and support similar “bottom-up” measures.

New York’s 24th Congressional District Representative, John Katko (R-NY), has a field office inside the building near where the rally was taking place.

“I’m also here to urge Rep. Katko to cosponsor that bill and support state efforts for comprehensive healthcare as well as housing that utilizes unused spaces,” said Pastor Beth DuBois of South Valley Presbyterian Church.

The Third Reconstruction has seen increased momentum due to the Poor People’s Campaign and other advocacy groups who have organized regional grassroots movements like the one on South Salina Street, this afternoon.

Pastor Alicia Wood is the tri-chair of the CNY PPC. She helps raise awareness and organizes local events.

“Everyone has a story, and when we listen to the stories, we can see how one story after another are so similar and it’s because the system needs to change,” said Wood.

The NYS Poor People’s Campaign has chapters in Buffalo, the Capitol Region, Eastern Southern Tier, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, North Country, Rochester, CNY, and the Western Southern Tier.

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