Paul helped build housing at  Resurrection City , the protest encampment on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  He is part of the  Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival .

Paul helped build housing at Resurrection City, the protest encampment on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  He is part of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Paul Pumphrey

Rockville, MD

If I come and steal your pocket book, ok, you don’t have any money.  But the reason why you don’t have any money is not because you are poor, it’s because I robbed you.  Ok? But if you say, if someone describes you as being poor, then it takes away the responsibility of who robbed you.  You’re not looking for a cause for why a person is now poor. During the time of the Vietnam War, we were spending at that time hundreds of billions of dollars to finance a war to kill a group of poor people all the way over in Asia while at the same time there were poor people here, who needed to have a number of things, and those needs weren’t being met.  The day King was killed, I decided I needed to do more with the Poor People’s Campaign. The original idea of Dr. King was that we were going to be here until the government changed. And so if this particular campaign can pick up the mantle and finish the work that was started, this country and this world would be a much better place.