State News

NC NAACP to hold policy briefing on poverty issues

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.

The NAACP will hold a policy briefing and news conference Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Legislative Building in Raleigh.Watch the press conference live on WRAL.com.

State chapter president Rev. William Barber says the General Assembly should focus on several poverty-related subjects. Barber says those issues include economic ones such as living wages and labor rights; educational equality, including access to community colleges and universities; health care for everyone; inequalities in the justice system; and expanding voting rights.

The NAACP says 1.7 million North Carolinians live in poverty, about the same number the state had in 1968.

"The pain of it felt the same. The tears were the same," Barber said. "The faces are different. We could go to one place and it might be African-Americans, another Latinos, another white, another focused on women."

The civil rights group also will screen Tuesday a documentary based on a "poverty tour" it led last year.

135 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    Why doesn't the NAACP ever mention the word jobs or work?
    lessismore

    because they want to keep their base's attention, its hard to talk to someone when they are walking away from you because you are telling them things they dont want to hear

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    Relic, unions are the reason we have a middle class in this country

    Detroit would like a word with you. It took unions and liberals 50 years to kill that city

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    " I think I'll take the dems' failure over your conservative failure." goldenoshower
    Yah but your failures waste even more of peoples money and you just walk away saying "it's the thought that counts" while you go look for the next money pit

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    Well, Mr. McCrory can just shovel out another 8% to the poverty stricken just like he did his Republican cabinet members. Glad I didn't vote for Mr. McCrory.
    IPayYouPay

    that's a lot of smug to haul around, how much have you donated to the NAACP?

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    He looks like he is eating very well so what does he know of poverty?
    mojridingrb

    well to be fair a lot of poor people in other parts of the world want to come to American because all the poor people here are fat.

  • westernwake1 Jan 15, 2013

    "Researchers compared 5,000 Head Start alums with their peers and were shocked to see that the program failed to make a difference" - mep

    Actually you are misrepesenting the research study results. The research found that any educational advantage (i.e. head start) obtained by children enrolled in early education head start programs disappeared by 3rd grade. By third grade children who were in head start and children not in head start were at the same educational testing level, and head start had no impact on their educational development beyond third grade.

  • mojridingrb Jan 15, 2013

    He looks like he is eating very well so what does he know of poverty?

  • IPayYouPay Jan 15, 2013

    Well, Mr. McCrory can just shovel out another 8% to the poverty stricken just like he did his Republican cabinet members. Glad I didn't vote for Mr. McCrory.

  • dare107 Jan 15, 2013

    The only thing this organization is about is self promotion! How does a march promote jobs, wealth or health care? Look at the organization of the NAACP, Rev. Barbour isn't living in proverty, it made Jesse, Jesse Jr, Al Sharpton all make comfortable if not wealthy men! Sharpton $242,000 last year, Jesse Sr. $170,000 per yr. and a $120,000 Travel expense account. Now let's talk about self promotion!!

  • goldenosprey Jan 15, 2013

    ncouterbanks we would have less poverty if we were not engorging oil, pharma, energy, petrochemical, Wall Street, health insurance and defense contractors execs' foreign bank accounts on the workingman's dime.

More...