William J. Barber II

William J. Barber II is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by William J. Barber II

Poverty is a lethal epidemic. It’s time to address it.

By William J. Barber II and Liz Theoharis — June 20, 2023
(RNS) — Politicians who fail to act are complicit in the deaths of thousands.

We need an alternative populist vision to defeat the MAGA movement

By William J. Barber II and Liz Theoharis — August 8, 2022
(RNS) — The moment is ripe for a different kind of popular movement that confronts divisive lies and builds broad coalitions for the common good.

If faith leaders want to reach Gen Z, meet them in the streets 

By Josh Packard, William J. Barber II, and A. Kazimir Brown — October 21, 2021
(RNS) — New data show that 20% of ‘very religious’ young people say they engage in acts of protest on a daily basis. 

Why we need a prophetic voice in America (COMMENTARY)

By William J. Barber II — January 18, 2016
(RNS) As we pause to remember King, the prophetic voice rings out still, interrupting our petty politics to call forth a moral movement that recaptures our deepest religious and constitutional convictions.

Will evangelicals welcome Pope Francis? The good news depends on it (COMMENTARY)

By William J. Barber II — September 22, 2015
(RNS) There are more than 2,000 passages in the Bible that speak to the issues of poverty, justice, fair treatment for the vulnerable and the ethic of love. Indeed, these issues are central to our faith.

The long history of sexual baiting in America’s effort to extend civil rights (COMMENTARY)

By William J. Barber II — April 9, 2015
(RNS) The pattern is clear: Whenever established power brokers have felt threatened in America’s history, they have responded by stirring up sexual fears.

COMMENTARY: Why I marched on McDonald’s

By William J. Barber II — June 2, 2014
(RNS) At every time, in every age, we need dissenters, who speak out about injustice.
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