Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is national president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach. His books include: "The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear" (2016), "Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing" (2018) and "We Are Called to Be a Movement" (2020). Follow him on Twitter: @RevDrBarber

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AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II address delegates to AFSCME’s 42nd International Convention in Las Vegas on July 20, 2016. (Photo: Tessa Berg/AFSCME) Views
Friday, February 26, 2021
Austerity as Fake News: It Is Time to Bury Myth That a Race to the Bottom Will Get Us to the Top
You cannot add jobs by subtracting jobs That is the simple truth behind desperately needed aid for states, cities, towns and schools. Over the last year, some 1.3 million public service jobs, many of them held by African Americans—including nurses, teachers, EMTs and sanitation workers—have...
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"Hundreds of people are dying a day from poverty. Many of them are low-wage workers, tipped workers, people getting sick unnecessarily. Meanwhile, tens of millions of people still lack healthcare," said Rev. William Barber. Views
Saturday, February 13, 2021
The Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage Is a Fight for Racial Justice
Sixty-two million people in the United States make less than $ 15 an hour. And here’s the truth: the fight to raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $ 15 is as important as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 . For Black people, it’s taken us 400 years to get to $ 7...
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Rev. William Barber and President Joe Biden at a Poor People's Campaign assembly. (Photo via Creative Commons) Views
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
The Success of the Biden-Harris Administration Will Depend on Its Ability to Work With the People for Whom the System Has Not Been Working
When then-candidate Joe Biden addressed a virtual assembly of the Poor People’s Campaign last fall, he promised that ending poverty would be more than an aspiration if he were to become the forty-sixth President of the United States; rather, he said, it would be a “theory of change to build a new...
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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Law Student's Arrest 62-Years Ago Helped Inspire Youth-Led Movements for Social Change
On December 20th, 1958, exactly 62 years ago to this day, a young law student on his way home for the holiday break was on the brink of setting the country one step forward towards racial equality. His arrest on misdemeanor charges in a racially charged case resulted two years later in a landmark U...
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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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This militarism at home is linked inextricably to U.S. militarism abroad. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home
Uniformed U.S. soldiers occupied the center of the city, where an armored personnel carrier was stationed at a major intersection. Was it Kabul or Atlanta ? A U.S. military helicopter hovered over crowds of unarmed civilians, its down-drafts whipping debris and broken glass into their faces. Was it...
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The history of policing in the United States is also deeply tied to the exploitation of Black workers. (Photo: Dave Bledsoe/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, June 19, 2020
Beyond Police Reform: Why We Must Transform Pervasive Systems of Economic and Carceral Injustice
This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis. Since video emerged of George Floyd crying, “I can’t breathe” while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin choked him to death with his knee, the world has erupted in public protests challenging systemic racism...
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Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protest in downtown Charlotte turn violent in NC, United States on May 30, 2020 (Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, May 31, 2020
May the Screams and Tears and Protests Shake the Very Conscience of This Nation
No one wants to see their community burn. But the fires burning in Minneapolis, just like the fire burning in the spirits of so many marginalized Americans today, are a natural response to the trauma black communities have experienced, generation after generation. No one wants the fires – even...
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In 2018, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led by Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, released a Moral Agenda and set of demands to address systemic systemic, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy. This year, the Poor People's Campaign and the Institute for Policy Studies has released a Moral Budget outlining how those demands can be paid for and achieved. Views
Monday, June 17, 2019
'Everybody Has the Right to Live': The Visionary Budget at the Heart of Our Moral Uprising
CD editor's note: The following excerpt was written as the foreward to the new report— Poor People’s Moral Budget: Everybody Has the Right to Live —released jointly by the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and the Institute for Policy Studies on Monday, June 17, 2019. “We...
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‘The United States has been addicted to excessive military spending at the expense of true security at home for decades.’ Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA Views
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Trump Wants to Give 62 Cents of Every Dollar to the Military. That's Immoral
Donald Trump recently unleashed his dark vision for our nation and our world, in the form of his budget request to Congress . A budget shows our values more clearly than any tweet, campaign speech or political slogan. It’s what marries detailed, dollar-and-cents policy decisions to deeper political...
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