The midterm elections are upon us as we release our fourth issue of the University of the Poor Journal. Independent of the results on November 8, we know the poor and dispossessed are in for a long, protracted struggle on multiple fronts ….Neither of the two major parties has put forward viable solutions to the multiple crises faced by the growing numbers of the poor and dispossessed across the country. It is incumbent upon our class, then, to build an independent political power that prioritizes the demands of the organized poor.
Thank you to Steve Pavey, Emily Farthing, and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival for use of this cover photo and other images in this issue.
An Interview with Ben Wilkins about the life and writing of Anne Braden and the release of his new book “Anne Braden Speaks,” a collection of her essays and letters.
In 1966, Anne Braden penned this essay arguing for emboldened multiracial organizing among the poor in the South. Fifty-six years later, it is just as relevant and necessary. Republished in full here.
Nijmie Dzurinko and Rev. E. West McNeill
Njimie Dzurinko and Rev. E. West McNeill offer thoughts on how revolutionaries navigate the electoral terrain and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
Moses H.M. and Noam Sandweiss-Back
Moses H.M. and Noam Sandweiss-Back on the significance and staying power of the Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls on June 18.
Part two of a two-part series on historical materialism by John Keller, examining two key examples of third party organizing in U.S. history and their broader contexts.
An interview with Ashley Hufnagel on what June 18 meant for the organizing of the United Workers in Maryland, as well as reflections on the Mass Assembly by Mike Hughes and Fr. Ty Hullinger.
A mini-documentary from BreakThrough News on hospital closures and rural organizing in Western Pennsylvania, with introductory comments from Ron Moose of Put People First! PA, one of the subjects of the film.