WP&J Tax Day Rally – keynote speaker bio

Bio — Savina Martin

Savina Martin, Eastern Massachusetts Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, will be the keynote speaker at the Walpole Tax Day Rally for Peace and Economic Justice on Saturday, April 14. Sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group, the rally will start at 10:00 AM on the Walpole Common at the Gazebo.

After serving in the military shortly after high school, Savina Martin became concerned about issues related to homelessness among veteran women. In 1980, she launched a campaign on homelessness and housing in Boston which ultimately led to acquiring abandoned properties to provide housing to homeless single women. In her role as one of the core leaders for the National Union of the Homeless, Martin gave a speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. She is one of the recipients of the 1988 Martin Luther King Jr., “Drum Major for Justice” Award. In 2006 Martin was nominated as a Poverty Scholar at Union Theological Seminary’s Poverty Initiative Project and is a member of the Kairos Center for Religious Rights and Social Justice. She is currently one of the three Chairs of the Massachusetts statewide Poor People’s Campaign, a National Call for Moral Revival challenging our country on the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation.