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 latest book is The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear. Follow him on Twitter: @RevDrBarber

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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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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Mueller Report Was Never Going to Save Us. We Must Fight Collusion Ourselves.
Emboldened by his attorney general’s summary of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s still-embargoed report , President Trump has shifted from his oft-repeated defense of “No collusion!” to an offensive against the investigation that he has always dismissed as a “witch hunt.” As the saying goes...
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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
We Welcome Asylum Seekers and Defend Their Rights
We—activists, scholars, writers and artists—strongly condemn President Trump’s efforts to vilify, intimidate, and use force against refugees and asylum seekers at and approaching the U.S. border. We are deeply troubled by the government's responses to current and recent asylum seekers, which...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
We Have Movement Work To Do
Elections are not how we change history. But they are a big part of how we—social movements, poor and disenfranchised and marginalized people, communities of color—engage with power. So when we win electoral victories, it matters. A lot. It's not because of which party wins, which state turns from...
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Monday, May 28, 2018
The Best Way to Honor Our Vets and Protect Americans? End the Wars
Millions of Americans will spend Memorial Day at community picnics, family barbecues, or local parades. “Thank you for your service” will be a ubiquitous phrase. Despite that annual refrain, we’re very far from honoring our veterans. Though drone strikes and bombing campaigns have reduced casualty...
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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis visited with individuals and families at the US/Mexico Border as a part of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival on October 23, 2017. Views
Friday, December 29, 2017
We Need A Moral Movement
This was a landmark year for building a national moral movement in the United States, both in terms of the challenges we faced and the victories we achieved. In our travels to more than 32 states, we bore personal witness to the extreme poverty and systemic inequality that plague the world’s...
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Friday, December 08, 2017
Open Letter From Moral Activists To Senator Mitch McConnell In Regards To Tax Reform
To Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: The U.S. Senate and House have passed tax legislation that, if given final approval, would amount to one of the most immoral laws in our nation’s history. As this legislation heads to a final vote in Congress, the country’s poor and disenfranchised, along...
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Monday, July 17, 2017
Now Is The Time For Prophetic Moral Action
On Thursday, July 13 th , Senate Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the latest version of his last ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, whatever the cost. In obedience to Jeremiah 22, which says that God’s messengers must go to the seat of power and challenge the abuse of power, I led a...
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
America Needs a New Poor People’s Campaign
In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for President Donald Trump’s executive order on “religious liberty.” As they celebrated this administration’s...
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