Circle of Protection

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. - Proverbs 31:8-9

Joe Biden delivered these remarks in 2020 at the Moral Monday Mass Assembly and Teach-In of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He was introduced by Rev. William Barber, Co-chair of the Campaign and a signer of the Circle of Protection letter to presidential candidates. Tweet @JoeBiden


More than 50 Christian leaders sent a letter to presidential candidates in 2019 asking them to produce a short video telling the American people what they “would do as president to offer help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.”

The Circle of Protection is non-partisan and makes candidate videos available as they are shared with us. We do not publicly evaluate candidate policy positions or endorse candidates.

In 2019-2020, a number of presidential candidates have spoken about poverty policy at candidate forums organized by the Poor People’s Campaign.

In 2012 and 2016 the Circle of Protection secured videos or statements from all the major presidential candidates and promoted them to the members and supporters of our churches, agencies and schools. These videos were the only direct statements on hunger and poverty to emerge from the campaigns. View past candidate videos

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The Circle of Protection is non-partisan. We look to both Republicans and Democrats for leadership, and we believe the American people should have the opportunity to compare and contrast their approaches. We have asked Democratic and Republican candidates for president to share their plans with us.