End Poverty NOW! March for Economic Justice
Rally Starts At 2pm
March Kick-Off Starts At 3pm
Cleveland will be hosting the 2016 convention of the Republican Party for four days beginning Monday, July 18, 2016. Northeast Ohio is one of the most segregated regions in the country, while its largest city, Cleveland, is one of the poorest. Cleveland will be holding a celebration for a political party that has distinguished itself over the past generation by rolling back the gains of the Civil Rights and anti-poverty movements of the past, and has done everything in its power to defund and disempower residents of Cleveland and residents across the United States.
The United States continues to ignore Articles 23, 25 and 26 of the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights, signed by the US in 1948. The Declaration includes the right to food, housing, health care, education, and living wage jobs. With a 37% poverty rate and 53% of its children in poverty, Cleveland exemplifies how our country has turned its back on the Economic Human Rights that the Country committed to uphold. The wealthiest and most powerful members of our society have manipulated the economy to elevate their affluence and status while holding back the rest of us and pushing more and more people into poverty and income insecurity. We now suffer from unsupportable income disparity that hurts everyone.
Cleveland is the city that launched the Welfare Rights Movement. In 1966, welfare recipients marched to Columbus demanding that they be treated like human beings by a system that treated them as less than human for the crime of being poor. It is in this tradition that we call on all who care about justice to join us on the afternoon of July 18, 2016 to deliver a message to the Republicans gathering in Cleveland. Your membership status in the human race should not depend on the size of your income, or where you stand in the corporate pecking order. Being human is not a commodity. It is a right.
We will march on Quicken Loans Arena, the convention center, on July 18 and make it loud and clear:
No more complicity with the crime of poverty!
No more building your political career on the backs of the poor!
No more silence from those you have been stepped on!
We demand an end to poverty NOW!
1435 E 45th Ave
Cleveland, OH 44103
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