Butterfield Applauds Bishop William J. Barber II Remarks to the Vatican Conference on Ending Poverty

Oct 5, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) applauded Bishop William J. Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, for participating in a poverty conference at the Vatican.

In his speech, Bishop Barber talked about the theological framework that supports the effort to end poverty around the world.

“I applaud my friend, Bishop William J. Barber II’s never ceasing efforts to fight for the least of these in our society. His remarks at the Caritas, Social Friendship, and the End of Poverty conference in the Vatican City were prophetic and powerful,” said Congressman Butterfield. “Now more than ever it is important that we continue to build coalitions and bridge the division between religious communities to unite around the common effort of helping the poor and the low-income around the world. I commend the hard work and long hours of Bishop Barber, the Poor People’s Campaign, and partners for all they do.”

Please see Bishop William J. Barber II’s full speech here.

Drawing on the unfinished work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967/68 Poor People’s Campaign, which called for a “revolution of values,” Repairers of the Breach is working in partnership with the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, the Popular Education Project, and hundreds of local and national partners, to lead the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

This multi-state movement has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations, and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, environmental destruction, and other injustices.