Economic Justice

United Methodist Women Joins Poor People’s Campaign’s D.C. Congress

United Methodist Women Joins Poor People’s Campaign’s D.C. Congress
United Methodist Woman's Carol Barton at the Poor People's Campaign Congress in June 2019.

United Methodist Women joined with the Poor People's Campaign Congress as it released a “Moral Budget” for the United States during its national gathering June 16-18 at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. 
 
"United Methodist Women came to the Congress because we have to be here to help," said Carol Barton, United Methodist Women’s executive for Community Action for Economic Inequality Priority. "The issues that United Methodist Women confront interlink with Poor People's Campaign issues.
 
"This Congress was a critical moment because the Poor People’s Campaign’s Moral Budget shows how we can solve these problems through specific policy proposals, and where we can get the resources to do this,” Barton said. 
 
The Poor People's Moral Budget identified policies and investments needed to address problems faced by low-income families. 
 
For example, the Poor People’s Campaign’s Moral Budget proposed using the $25 billion currently allotted for Pentagon contracts with Boeing to instead cover healthcare for low-income families by expanding Medicaid in the 14 states that have refused the Affordable Care Act subsidies.
 
The Campaign’s Moral Budget also proposed creation of 2.5 million public works jobs by funding infrastructure improvement projects. The infrastructure improvement projects would be funded by an annual wealth tax on the 75,000 richest U.S. households to generate $275 billion per year, Campaign leaders said. 

Richard Lord is a freelance writer based in Ivy, Virginia, and a frequent contributor to response, that magazine of United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM
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