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“The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the
total, direct and immediate
abolition of poverty.”

– Dr. King, “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community”, 1967

 Dr. King believed that to truly reach a point of fair and equal civil rights more must be done to eradicate poverty and economic insecurity that keeps so many among us unable to reach the peaks of society that others can.

On April 4, 1968, Revered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. 51 years later, on April 4, 2019, the Pennsylvania Senate Democrats will launch 30 days of action against poverty in his honor.

For these 30 days, we will visit and volunteer in the communities that need our help. We will push for legislation that can improve the lives of those economically struggling, in hopes of moving them forward toward economic security.

The fight against poverty is ambitious, a fact that Dr. King knew himself, but it is also a fight that is right and is just.
To live the legacy of Dr. King, we encourage you to join us.



  • April 4 – Sen. Kearney, town hall meeting in Upper Darby
  • April 5 – Sen. Hughes, ReBuild volunteer event in Philadelphia
  • April 5 – Sen. Costa, Action Housing meeting in Pittsburgh
  • April 5 – Sens. Sabatina and Boscola, policy hearing on pedestrian safety in Philadelphia
  • April 23 – Sen. Hughes, Student Leadership Conference in Philadelphia
  • May 3 – Sen. Blake, discussion on students and behavioral health in Scranton
  • April 11 – Sen. Collett, Montgomery County Community College “Legislator in Residence” event 
  • April 5 – Sen. Farnese, business funding and opportunities event in Philadelphia 
  • April 18 – Sens. Schwank and Muth, Berks Co. Call to Action town hall in Berks County
  • April 22 – Sen. Costa, retail incubator tour in Pittsburgh
  • April 10 – Sen. Santarsiero, clean energy event in Harrisburg
  • April 12 – Sen. Hughes, clean air and water event in Philadelphia
  • April 22 – Sen. Santarsiero, Earth Day Rally in Newtown
  • April 23 – Sens. Costa, Fontana, and Boscola, policy hearing on methane in Pittsburgh
  • April 10 – Freshman members of the PA Senate Democrats, Statute of Limitations press event in Harrisburg

Want to get involved? 

Click the heart to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources
to get rid of it.”

-Dr. King, Nobel Peace Prize address, 1964

Legacy into Legislation

For us to fully realize the legacy of Dr. King, we need to create and implement policy that can better provide access to economic security for all. 

We need to discuss the issues that plague communities that suffer from the weight of poverty and how we can lift that weight from their shoulders. 

We must come together to work on improvements to education access, community life, jobs and wages, and social justice initiatives as a step forward in the fight against poverty.  






Events on April 4, 2019