Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis is codirector of the Kairos Center, cofounder of the Poverty Initiative, national codirector of the Poor People's Campaign, and author of Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, and has spent the past two decades working with  grassroots organizations across the United States.

A homeless child

The Criminalization of Poverty Is Creating a More Violent World The Criminalization of Poverty Is Creating a More Violent World

Our faith traditions and constitutional values care clear that it is cruel and unusual punishment to treat the homeless the way we do in the United States.

May 22, 2024 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Shailly Gupta Barnes

medicaid tennesssee

America Is Fast Becoming a Death-Dealing Nation America Is Fast Becoming a Death-Dealing Nation

Medicaid cuts and hospital closures are but two manifestations of a far larger attack on American health and healthcare.

Mar 12, 2024 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

We Underestimate Young People. That’s a Mistake.

We Underestimate Young People. That’s a Mistake. We Underestimate Young People. That’s a Mistake.

Younger generations are out there leading the way toward justice in a fashion that they seldom get credit for.

Jan 24, 2024 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign speaks at the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival Rally at the US Supreme Court on October 27, 2021.

The Poor People’s Campaign Launched on Mother’s Day 2018 The Poor People’s Campaign Launched on Mother’s Day 2018

It culminated in a season of nonviolent direct action.

May 14, 2023 / Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

A mobile Covid-19 testing site in New York.

What the Country Refused to Learn From the Pandemic What the Country Refused to Learn From the Pandemic

However briefly, the pandemic showed us that such an American world is not only possible but right at our fingertips.

May 4, 2023 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

We’re Living in a Golden Age of Plenty—for the Rich

We’re Living in a Golden Age of Plenty—for the Rich We’re Living in a Golden Age of Plenty—for the Rich

Conspicuously absent from this year’s World Economic Forum was one of the most pressing issues of our time, which the elite that gathered are chiefly responsible for creating.

Feb 13, 2023 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Fighting Poverty

Poor People Have the Power to Transform America Poor People Have the Power to Transform America

As the threat of yet more political turmoil and escalating violence looms, isn’t it time to break through the isolation with a new sense of collective power?

Dec 26, 2022 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Fighting Poverty

In the Richest Country in the World, Precarity Is the Norm In the Richest Country in the World, Precarity Is the Norm

Policy-makers in Washington and so many states continue to legislate as if inequality weren’t an emergency for tens, if not hundreds, of millions of us.

Nov 2, 2022 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall In Louisiana Leaving Devastation In Its Wake

No, America Doesn’t Actually Need “Sacrifice Zones” No, America Doesn’t Actually Need “Sacrifice Zones”

Their suffering is not for the greater good.

Sep 22, 2022 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

A cross held up in front of the Supreme Court

The Campaign to Reverse “Roe” Was Always About Political Power The Campaign to Reverse “Roe” Was Always About Political Power

The movement has always sought a version of community life that tightly controls sex and sexuality, while sanctioning attacks on women and LGBTQ people.

Jul 21, 2022 / Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

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