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Poor People's Campaign's National Tour Coming to Covington, McConnell's Office

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is bringing its M.O.R.E. National Tour to Covington and Fort Wright this week.

The acronym stands for mobilize, organize, register, and educate and the tour will ultimately conclude next June in Washington, D.C. as part of the Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington.

The tour launched in September and arrives in Covington on Friday before heading to Corbin and Hazard in eastern Kentucky the following day.

Reverend Dr. William Barner and Reverend Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the campaign, will be in Northern Kentucky as part of the two events planned here.

A news conference is set for Friday at 1 p.m. outside the office of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, in Fort Wright.

Serena Baker-Owen will speak about workers’ rights, healthcare, poverty, economic inequality, and systemic racism, a news release said.  Dashai Barbie Thompson, mother of Ke’Ovion Markel Seay Tevis, who was shot and killed in Covington in August, will speak about gun violence, militarism, and systemic racism. Rev. Dr. William Barber will close out the press conference with comments regarding the Campaign and Tour.

A meeting is also set for Friday at 6 p.m. at Lincoln GRant Scholar House on Greenup Street where speakers will discuss LGBT rights, drug addiction, poverty, racism, income inequality, affordable housing, health care, and ecological problems.

-Staff report