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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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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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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Bev Jackson signs up volunteers for door-to-door campaigning outside of the event featuring Oprah Winfrey and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at the Cobb Civic Center on Nov. 1, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo:Jessica McGowan / Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 05, 2018
Trump's Racism Can't Win Elections. Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression Can.
President Donald Trump didn’t create our crisis of confidence in one another; he capitalized on it. And now he is appealing to what he assumes are Americans' crass selfishness and greed as he touts the state of the economy and the gains in the stock market at small-scale reenactments of his 2016...
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