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NAACP urges NC lawmakers to address poverty

Posted January 15, 2013

— The state chapter of the NAACP wants North Carolina lawmakers to focus on issues surrounding poverty and economic justice in the legislative session that begins in earnest at the end of the month.

NAACP anti-poverty campaign Poverty should be General Assembly's focus, NAACP says

The civil rights group used Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday to unveil a documentary they made on poverty in North Carolina. Each member of the General Assembly received a copy of the documentary.

The state's poverty rate is 12th highest in the U.S., with one of every four children living in poverty. The rate is much higher for black and Latino children.

The NAACP says 1.7 million North Carolinians live in poverty – about the same number as in 1968.

Rev. William Barber, the group's state president, called on Republican House and Senate leaders and new Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to work on finding ways to address poverty, such as promoting living wages and labor rights, equality in the education and justice systems and expanded voting rights.

"We beg the General Assembly – let's don't start with division," Barber said, noting that lawmakers already plan to cut unemployment benefits and are backing legislation to require voter identification at the polls. "Let's start with unity. Let's start focusing on economic justice and poverty."

Legislative leaders haven't yet spelled out their specific agendas, but they have said their top issues this year will be tax reform and unemployment reform.

A spokesman for House Speaker Thom Tillis said Republican leaders plan to address poverty by reforming education, controlling spending and encouraging economic development, especially in the state's poorest areas.



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  • randall0123a Jan 16, 2013

    "We beg the General Assembly – let's don't start with division," Barber said.

    You mean division, like labeling yourself by your color as in *-American, rather than as a unified nation of (non-hyphenated) Americans. Perfect example of Barber saying something on one hand and something contradictive on the other - whenever either suits his needs.

    If we want to talk about equality, then let’s make it ALL equal, across the board. If some Americans get free money, help with food stamps, subsidized housing, welfare checks, etc, then ALL Americans should get this equally. I work my tail off and can’t afford any entertainment or personal expenses. Where is my aid money? Though, I continue to be taxed, taking money I could use for my family so it can be given to another family. Equality, this is not.

  • randall0123a Jan 16, 2013

    “Rev. William Barber, the group's state president, called on Republican House and Senate leaders and new Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to work on finding ways to address poverty, such as promoting living wages and labor rights, equality in the education and justice systems and expanded voting rights.”

    Labor rights? Is someone being denied the right to work for any reason other than a more educated or better qualified person is also applying? Or, are we talking about the desire for unions, so a non-educated job seeker can make wages approaching what someone would make after the sacrifices of a college education. Thanks for driving up car prices by the way. Equal education? I am sure some schools have better teachers, but most people that want to learn need to study their tails off outside the classroom. Listening to a teacher lecture does not make you learn the material. Most of the people I have seen that complain are the same people that want shortcuts. Reap what you sow.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    Why doesn't the NAACP address that? Oh, wait, I know why.
    JohnDrescher

    Because if there is a man living in the house their entitlement benefits get cut, everyone knows that. Its the policy although I dont understand the reasoning behind it. It sounds pretty heartless to me.

  • That Explains It Jan 16, 2013

    etshoney, you are suggesting that requires delayed gratification, and that is something that goes completly against the social norms that drive the problem in the first place, and are counter to what the NAACP promotes.

  • That Explains It Jan 16, 2013

    The number one cause of poverty is children who grow up in one parent households. 73% of all black children grow up in a household with only one parent. Why doesn't the NAACP address that? Oh, wait, I know why.

  • baldchip Jan 16, 2013

    Sid2 said nothing about race. Matter of fact, welfarequeen, YOU were the one to bring race into the picture.

    Remember, when you piont fingures, 3 are pointing back to you. HUMMMMM????

  • goldenosprey Jan 16, 2013

    "Or are you basing this on stereotypes? Something you as a liberal chastise others for. Hypocrite" -CrmpsBr0

    No sense of irony? You accuse those who disagree with you of stereotyping when every reactionary post here agrees that all welfare recipients are too lazy to work, are only interested in freebies and would be making lots of money if only they had stayed in school. What rubbish.
    And you accuse us of hypocrisy when you would deny a hungry child a meal because it's welfare but you say nothing of the government's largesse to well-represented private industry. Right wing hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • etshoney Jan 16, 2013

    Try using birth control and staying in school until graduation. It really is that simple. It may help if they have a little LESS in benefits making work a viable alternative. If you have a diploma you will make a lot more than minimum wage. Expand voting rights??? What give them 2 votes each??

  • Scare Crow Jan 16, 2013

    sweetsea2..........very well said! "My son says Daddy why is that man walking in the cold rain? I say Because he has no car. and he says Why? and I say because he can't afford one because he doesn't have a job that pays well, but he got the best job he could cause he flunked out of the 8th grade." That Mr Barber is what you need to address. Your trying to blame the population as a whole for the poor. I was in Foodlion yesterday and some man was trying to buy his malt liquor with his welfare food card. This is the problem.

  • censorbait Jan 16, 2013

    The NAACP needs to address poverty by telling many of their constituency to get an education, get off and quit selling drugs, lose the sorry attitude, bad language, sense of entitlement and quit making babies out of wedlock for the working taxpayers to support. That would do more to address poverty and crime than simply sending more unearned benefits to the indolent. But you will never hear that message being conveyed by this outfit and doubtful that anyone will even see this post.

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