This robs the poor of the power to defend themselves against the white rich. For this reason he has been working for a long time to bring different groups together. “No matter what skin color, no matter what religion – we have a common problem that we can only solve together.” The Christian church in particular should therefore place itself at the forefront of this movement.
“The problem is, we’re allergic to terms like socialism or communism,” says Pat Jackson. “I love my country, I’m a proud American. But we finally have to clear up certain myths.” Everyone has to work hard to achieve their goals. But nobody can do it alone. “It’s not about an ideology, it’s about community and standing up for one another. That also applies to entrepreneurship.”
“Don’t stop telling your stories”
Meanwhile, a prominent guest is on the stage. Bernice King, the daughter of the murdered civil rights leader, comes to the microphone after Barber. “Poverty is violence,” she exclaims. “If we continue to march together, we will conquer poverty. A new day will dawn. We will no longer remain silent!” Rhetorically, the sound of her words actually resembles that of Martin Luther King.
Bernice King emphasizes her father’s legacy, which lives on in this movement. “Don’t stop telling your stories,” she urges those present.
Throughout the day, people on stage talk about their poverty and how they got into it. A young woman tells how she was fired after she complained that she was bullied by her employer for a short visit to the toilet.
The poor state of employee protection in the United States can be seen, among other things, from the fact that in Baltimore, just an hour’s drive away, the staff of an Apple store have now formed a union – for the first time in the history of the technology group.
“Every year 250,000 people die”
A woman who has just turned 70 is sitting on the side of the road. Charlotte Phillips, a former pediatrician, came from New York with a sun hat, a cane and the belief that she could make a difference. She has known the US healthcare system for decades through her work. In 1984 she founded the non-profit organization “Brooklyn for Peace”. She is convinced that social inequality only leads to violence and war.