The Poor People's Campaign (1968)

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The Poor People's Campaign (1968)
In response to Chicago, King decided that the only way to tackle the huge social & economic
problems he identified in Chicago was to act in a much more radical way.
He planned to form a coalition would include all poor people: black people, Puerto Ricans,
Mexicans, Native Americans and poor white people.
Together, they would campaign for a better standard of living for the poor and an end to the
ghettos. Their demands would include:
-A federal budget of $30 billion a year to combat poverty
-A government commitment to full employment
-Government initiatives to build 0.5 million new houses a year.
Their strategies would be nationwide civil disobedience, occupying government buildings,
boycotting businesses and a march on Washington.
Its success was limited because:
1) President Johnson did not support the plan due to King's opposition to the Vietnam War.
2) The War also diverted resources away from alleviating poverty.
However, SCLC had won the support of many Labour Unions & religious groups had begun
to raise the money to run the campaign.

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