Local & State
|Poor People’s Campaign brings national tour to North Carolina|
|Mobilization in Greenville and Greensboro|
|Published Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:06 pm|
|The Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign will bring the national We Must Do MORE tour to North Carolina on Sept. 28 (Greenville) and Sept. 30 (Greensboro).|
A national grassroots campaign to fight poverty is coming to North Carolina.
The Poor People’s Campaign is hosting the We Must Do MORE (Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, and Educating) Tour in Greenville on Sept. 28 and Greensboro on Sept. 30. The Greenville rally is scheduled for 1 p.m., where activists will gather for a community canvass and site visit. The Greensboro leg includes a Moral March and mass meeting.
“There are 140 million poor and low wealth people in this country,” said the Rev. William Barber of Goldsboro, founder of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. “That is power if it is mobilized, organized, registered and educated. Not just registered to vote, but registered for a long term movement that votes and that is committed to systemic change.”
In North Carolina, 14.7% of residents lived in poverty in 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, of which children make up 56%, 62% people of color and 39% whites. The tour will highlight the needs of the poor who are often left out of public discourse.
The 25-state tour, which started this month, continues through May and culminates with the Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, where thousands of poor people, advocates, and faith leaders will gather on June 20. They will demand the implementation of the Poor People’s Campaign’s Moral Agenda and call for civic engagement and voting that lifts the poor and low-wealth people, the sick, immigrants, workers, the environment, and peace.
“We know that our society, 56 years after the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, is all too sick with racism,” said the Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. “It is sick with poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and a distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism. And there are many who speak and act way too late against this violence. We must rise up together to do MORE because our politicians and media are silent on this matter.”
The Poor People’s Campaign is advocating beyond the political lens of conservative and liberal to draw on constitutional, religious and moral values to challenge political leaders to address economy inequity, systemic racism, voter suppression and denial of immigrant and indigenous peoples rights.
For the past two years, leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign have carried out a listening tour across the country, with Barber and Theoharis gathering testimonies from hundreds of poor Americans to mobilize a national response.
|Could you please cite where these numbers for poverty level in NC come from?|
|Posted on September 28, 2019|
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