Rev Dr Liz Theoharis

Liz Theoharis

Rev Dr Liz Theoharis is co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. She is the author of "Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor" (2017).

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Hundreds of community members line up early to pick up food boxes at Chelsea Collaborative during their weekly food drive in Chelsea, MA on July 15, 2020. (Photo: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
We Must Put Human Life Before Corporate Profits
In June 1990, future South African President Nelson Mandela addressed a joint session of Congress only months after being released from 27 years in a South African apartheid prison. He reminded the political leadership of the United States that "to deny people their human rights is to challenge...
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. waves to onlookers while leading the 125,000 strong 'Walk to Freedom' on Woodward Avenue in Detroit in 1963. (Photo: Tony Spina / Detroit Free Press) Views
Monday, January 18, 2021
The Nation Must Have the Moral Courage To Carry on the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.
2020 will go down as the deadliest year in American history, significantly due to the devastation delivered by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, count in nearly two trillion dollars in damage from climate events (many caused by, or heightened by, intensifying global warming), a surge of...
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Too many have died because our country’s preexisting conditions of systemic injustice have gone untreated for so long and those in power never seem to learn the applicable lesson of this moment. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 14, 2020
The Ghosts of Christmas Present: GOP Kick the Most Vulnerable Amid Pandemic
Martin Luther King, Jr., offered this all-too-relevant comment on his moment in his 1967 speech "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?": “The contemporary tendency in our society is to base our distribution on scarcity, which has vanished, and to compress our abundance into the overfed...
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There are already those in the media and politics who are counseling restraint and a return to the pre-Trump days, as if he were the cause, not the consequence, of a nation desperately divided. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Grappling With a Divided Nation
In the two weeks since Election 2020, the country has oscillated between joy and anger, hope and dread in an era of polarization sharpened by the forces of racism, nativism, and hate. Still, truth be told, though the divisive tone of this moment may only be sharpening, division in the United States...
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Sunday, October 04, 2020
A New Nonviolent Medicaid Army Is on the March
At the start of Tuesday’s unhinged presidential debate — as the pandemic continued to rage outside the walls of Case Western University — the American people were offered an anemic vision for promoting and expanding public health. In the shadow of more than 200,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus...
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The idea that poverty is the result of bad behavior, laziness, or sin rather than decisions made by those with power is distinctly ascendant in Donald Trump’s and Mitch McConnell’s Washington. (Photo: Screengrab/State Department Website) Views
Monday, September 28, 2020
How Christian Nationalism in the US Legislates Evil and Punishes the Poor
On August 26th, during the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence closed out his acceptance speech with a biblical sleight of hand. Speaking before a crowd at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, he exclaimed, “Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents...
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A recipient carries a box of food as others wait in line at a Food Bank distribution for those in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues on April 9, 2020 in Van Nuys, California. Views
Sunday, August 02, 2020
Woe to You Who Legislate Evil and Rob the Poor of Their Rights
On Monday, August 3, faith leaders with the Poor People's Campaign will flood Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate with calls saying that it is treacherous and heretical to hold up the Constitution and the Bible while trampling on the right of every person to life, liberty and the pursuit...
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May we choose another way. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/cc/flickr) Views
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time to Stop Bankrolling War and the Wealthy
The word jubilee comes from the Hebrew " yovel ," meaning a "trumpet blast of liberty." It was said that, on the day of liberation, the sound of a ram’s horn would ring through the land. These days, I hear the sound of that horn while walking with my kids through the streets of New York City, while...
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Demonstrators carry signs during an anti-war protest after President Donald Trump launched airstrikes in Syria, April 15, 2018 in New York City. Views
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Dismantle the War Economy
2020 began with a near-war with Iran – the deadly upshot of a bomb-first-ask-questions-later approach to world affairs. Then came a pandemic – a public health disaster made all the more lethal by our leadership’s utter indifference to the lives of the people, especially the poor and people of color...
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Those of us in the welfare rights movement always saw our work as the kindling for a wildfire of organizing by the poor and dispossessed. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter) Views
Thursday, June 04, 2020
America for the Rich or the Poor?
In the summer of 1995, when I was 18, I started visiting Tent City , a temporary encampment in an abandoned lot in northeast Philadelphia. About 40 families had taken up residence in tents, shacks, and other makeshift structures. Among them were people of various races, ages, and sexual...
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