"What? Why would they come to Iowa to talk about poverty? There is no poverty in my state, except in Des Moines." That is a direct quote from a friend who lives in Rural Iowa and what exemplifies the feelings of many who fail to see the reality of poverty and its rapid growth. (Photo: The Nation)
So, what is the truth? Here is a rare two-part conversation with four leaders from The Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for a Moral Revival which will make a stop in Des Moines for two events. A march to the presidential forum on the 14th of January and a rally at the First Christian Church in the Drake University neighborhood.
In this, the first of two parts of a conversation with several Iowan's involved in the upcoming event I sit down with Rev. Jessica Petersen, labor leader John Campbell, activist Ayisha Al-Hassan and national coordinator Clinton Wright. What is this national campaign about, how did they get involved, what are the political, social and business demands, who are the poor people that are impacted and much more. Iowa is one of 20 states to be visited by the national leadership of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. Details about the Iowa "We Must Do More" event are right here.
In this Insight Extra we continue our conversation with the Iowa leadership for the "We Must Do More" Event coming to Des Moines on January 15th and a planned march to the Democratic Debate at Drake University the afternoon of January 14th.
Thanks for listening.