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PRESS RELEASE

POOR PEOPLE’S ARMY celebrates VICTORY of RNC CANCELLATION

July 24, 2020

REFUGE MINISTRIES / POOR PEOPLE’S ARMY Press Release:     

For Immediate Release 7/24/20

poorpeoplesarmy.com

Rev. Bruce Wright, 727-278-1547, Cheri Honkala 215-8694753 PPEHRCorg@gmail.com

POOR PEOPLE’S ARMY celebrates VICTORY of RNC CANCELLATION 

JACKSONVILLE: Refuge Ministries, The Poor People’s Army, and Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) is celebrating Trump’s retreat in cancelling the RNC in Jacksonville, FL. In Trump’s typical inflammatory and racist language, the president cited the reason for cancelling the convention as keeping “people safe, whether it’s from the China virus or the radical left mob.” The Poor People’s Army and PPEHRC are a nonviolent, multiracial movement led by poor people themselves. They believe that, in addition to the serious Covid-19 threat, it was their movement that Trump had in mind when cancelling the RNC because of a “radical left mob.” 

Every year since 2000, PPEHRC has held the largest demonstrations on opening days of the RNC and DNC, and they were the first group to apply for a permit and receive a pending reservation for the A. Philip Randolph Heritage Park, the closest park with a stage to the RNC location at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. 

PPEHRC and Poor People’s Army were mobilizing members and troops to Charlotte, NC and working with a local coalition when Trump announced that the RNC would be moved to Jacksonville, FL. PPEHRC and Poor People’s Army moved organizing to Jacksonville and received a response from City that the permit was reserved. But before the permit was finally approved, the City of Jacksonville Parks Reservation sent an email to Rev. Bruce Wright, head of Refuge Ministries and PPEHRC South, stating that the reservation he had made on July 6, 2020, had been “cancelled,” without any reason or explanation of how to appeal.

Following the permit cancellation, Trump announced that some of the RNC would be held outside with a smaller crowds, and then a larger crowd on the day he was to accept the nomination. The legal counsel of Rev. Bruce Wright and Refuge Ministries, sent a letter on July 22 to the City of Jacksonville to request clarification on the process to apply for a permit for a political march, since there was no information on their website besides the Special Use Permits application and the correspondence received by Rev. Wright. The lawyers also stated that if there was not an appropriate response, they would take legal action to defend Refuge Ministries / PPEHRC / Poor People’s Army’s 1st Amendment right to protest. 

The very next day on July 23, after lawyers submitted the demand letter on behalf of Rev. Bruce Wright and the Poor People’s Army, the City of Jacksonville announced the creation of protest zones and permissible march routes. Then suddenly on the night of July 23, Trump announced the RNC was cancelled.

The Poor People’s Army acknowledges these key groups for their support in these efforts: Leonard Peltier International Defense Committee, FL Indigenous Rights & Environmental Equality (FIREE), and Green Party of FL.

“We consider this a victory. We, the poor and homeless people and working people who always march on the RNC, were a part of the reason he cancelled the in-person meeting,” said Rev. Bruce Wright. “It’s ridiculous and dangerous that he would hold a huge meeting inside with the pandemic, but we were prepared to nonviolently protest and resist in a safe and socially-distanced way.”

Refuge Ministries, PPEHRC, and Poor People’s Army are planning assemblies and demonstrations in Philadelphia at Biden’s headquarters to protest the DNC on August 16 & 17.

“We have held these protests and erected Tent Cities of the homeless in cities where the RNC and DNC take place, in the tradition of the Hoovervilles of the 1930s,” said Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator of PPEHRC. “We poor and homeless people also claim victory today against Trump because we know that homeless people are always violently swept away from the streets during large ruling class events like the presidential conventions. But we won’t have total victory until the fascist Trump isn’t in any power whatsoever. Let’s all fight for lives over luxury, join us in Philadelphia on Aug 16 & 17.”

PPEHRC and the Poor People’s Army encourage participants to follow CDC guidelines with masks and social distancing at their events. For more information and to get involved, go to https://livesoverluxury.com/ or https://poorpeoplesarmy.com/.

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Statement from Rev. Bruce and Refuge Ministries Re: the Murder of George Floyd, African American, by Minneapolis Police

MSDNC, mouthpiece for Democrats and Dixiecrat Joe, just like FOX Republican Broadcasting for Trump seemed more concerned about alleged violence against property, raising it to the same level as violence against people (apparently you can hurt property and cause it pain… lol). Not at all addressing Police violence against peaceful protesters via tear gas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades, who after that attack by Police became angry, not to mention the centuries of violence by settler colonial occupation by White Supremacist/White Nationalist State forces, and more recently aggression by the Police State and Police forces, which shows media ignorance of context. Black, Brown and Indigenous, as well as the Poor and Homeless communities have been brutalized by the Police State continuously for hundreds of years by the US Empire. Dr Martin Luther King Jr said rightly and accurately that the riot is the language of the oppressed and Malcolm X reflected accurately the response to Oppression by stating that resistance will happen “by any means necessary “. It is incumbent on all People of Faith and/or Good conscience to RISE UP, RESIST, REBEL, REVOLT AND SEEK REVOLUTION! ISAIAH THE PROPHET WARNED, “WOE TO YOU WHO MAKE UNJUST LAWS TO DEPRIVE THE POOR OF THEIR RIGHTS… WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU IN THE JUDGEMENT DAY…” ISAIAH 10:1-4. “WHEN YOU DO IT TO THE LEAST OF THESE… YOU DO IT TO ME…” JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 25.
We must join in solidarity with the oppressed classes and resist and destroy Capitalism. We must drive out the Money Changers, the 2 party duopoly gatekeepers, the Fascist Police state, the Prison Industrial Complex, the War Machine, Big Pharma, the Wealthy and Powerful, The Sheepdogs of the System, the Nonprofit Industrial Complex and END IMPERIALISM, CAPITALISM, AND THE NEOCOLONIALISM OF NEOCONSERVATIVES AND NEO-LIBERALS. REFUGE MINISTRIES OF TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL, POOR PEOPLES ECONOMIC HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, REFUGE POOR PEOPLES OUTREACH, REVOLUTIONARY CAUCUS OF TAMPA BAY, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD RADIO SHOW AND MANY OTHERS STAND UNITED WITH AND SOLIDARITY WITH ALL OPPRESSED CLASSES AND GROUPS WHO SEEK THIS GOAL!!! SOLIDARITY FOREVER!
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Revolutionary Road Radio

Revolutionary Road radio show on wtan 1340am/106.1fm tantalk Tampa Bay 10pm tonight… discussion of COVID-19 Pandemic (www.tantalk1340.com)

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Join us for a special discussion on this pandemic with Rev Bruce, Attorney Jorge Angulo, Hiphop Philosopher Krown Deon and other guests tba. Is the COVID-19 a Hoax, Conspiracy, Serious Pandemic or something else? What about the Poor and Homeless communities, the uninsured and the low wage worker impacts? What about the slow and weak response of the Trump administration? Join us for this provocative show.!

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