Movement leaders—including the Revs. William J. Barber II and Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the influential Poor People’s Campaign—recently joined Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on the U.S. Capitol lawn.
Together they launched a visionary resolution to end poverty across the United States: the Third Reconstruction, which Lee and Jayapal introduced to Congress in late May. With a title asserting its place in U.S. history alongside the Reconstructions of the post-Civil War period and the 1960s civil rights movement, the text provides a blueprint for nothing less than a transformation of this country.
Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
The views expressed in this article are the writer’s own.