National Emergency Freedom School Bus Tour Day 3: Enfield, Ithaca, Auburn, Syracuse

On Day 3 of the National Emergency Freedom School Bus Tour, the New York State Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival continued our #TruthAndPovertyTour, going from Elmira to Enfield, then to Ithaca and Auburn, and finally to Syracuse, the final stop of our tour.

In Enfield, we ate breakfast at the Enfield Valley Grange:

The Grange is located next to the Enfield Food Pantry, which serves the increasing need in this rural county of upstate New York for projects of survival. All the food in the pantry will be gone again in two days because of the tremendous need.

We also recognized that the Poor People’s Campaign is not just about survival or direct service, but about radically transforming the unjust structures of our society.

We left Enfield for Ithaca to continue our study of Abolitionist history in New York State.

We visited St. James AME Zion Church in Ithaca, learning from Rev. Paris Price about its rich history.

Then we headed to Auburn to visit the Harriet Tubman Home. At this historic site, we met with Pauline Copes Johnson, Tubman’s great great grandniece, who spoke to us about Harriet Tubman’s radical history as a freedom fighter who helped to lead over 800 people into freedom as a part of the Abolition Movement and the Underground Railroad.

Finally, we headed to Syracuse, our final stop on the tour. We were welcomed by Rev. Beth DuBois at Atonement Lutheran Church. We started with a song, ate dinner as a community and then heard a presentation from Dr. Joan Hillsman.

We finished up the evening by proclaiming what we’re going to do next: organize, mobilize, and continue our political education to organize a moment across New York State!

Continue to follow us on Twitter at New York State Poor People’s Campaign and Facebook here for real time updates tomorrow on the final day of our tour. Forward together!


Thanks again to Steve Pavey, #HopeInFocus for the incredible photos!