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NC groups plan tour of poverty-stricken areas

Posted January 3, 2012

— Civil rights groups will hold listening tours of poverty-stricken areas in North Carolina's rural counties and inner city neighborhoods.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the N.C. Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and the N.C. Justice Center held a news conference Tuesday about the bus tours, then walked to the First Baptist Church across the street for a prayer vigil.

About 18 percent of North Carolinians are living at the poverty level, which is $22,000-a-year for a family of four. One in four children in North Carolina lives under the poverty line. For minority children, it's 40 percent. Civil rights groups say it's the biggest problem no one is talking about.

The first leg of what the groups are calling the truth and hope tour will be held in the northeast part of the state, with listening sessions being held Thursday in five locations – Washington, Elizabeth City, Winton, Scotland Neck and Rocky Mount.

Town hall meetings will be held Jan. 19 and 20.

State NAACP President William Barber says the goal of the poverty tour is to give those people faces and voices and to force politicians to talk about the problem in this election year.

"We talk about the wealthy. We talk about the middle class. But there is an eerie silence regarding the poor," Barber said.

The NAACP and other advocacy groups taking part in the tour say they'll gather ideas and recommendations in poor communities around the state. They'll bring those back to leaders in Raleigh later this month.


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  • westernwake1 Jan 4, 2012

    you are always right - I don't know what the Sheppard–Towner Maternity and Infancy Protection Act has to do with this. But here is some Wikipedia information.

    "The Sheppard–Towner Maternity and Infancy Protection Act of 1921 was a U.S. Act of Congress providing federal funding for maternity and child care. It was sponsored by Senator Morris Sheppard (D) of Texas and Representative Horace Mann Towner (R) of Iowa, and signed by President Warren G. Harding on November 23, 1921."

    "The act provided for federally-financed instruction in maternal and infant health care and gave 50-50 matching funds to individual US states to build women’s health care clinics. It was one of the most significant achievements of Progressive-era maternalist reformers."

    The act was opposed by the AMA. The act was supported by conservatives because many recruits for WWI were rejected for military service due to childhood diseases; the clinics would fix this problem

    The act was unfunded in 1929.

  • you are always right Jan 4, 2012

    Actually the Sheppard–Towner Act was conservative policy and it was extremely popular with conservatives in the South, until blacks became eligible for federal funds.

  • westernwake1 Jan 4, 2012

    Giving banks billions in government handouts = a crime
    Giving human beings enough money to eat = Democratic policy to get votes.

    ** Fixed **

  • you are always right Jan 4, 2012

    Giving banks billions in government handouts = necessary for the survival of capitalism
    Giving human beings enough money to eat = socialism

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 4, 2012

    So people who make bad decisions is somehow my fault?

  • Rico Jan 4, 2012

    Minorities in America have less than 10% the wealth of white Americans. Keep that in mind next time you hear someone complain about affirmative action. The playing field is no where near level yet.

    If you work hard you can succceed, no matter what color you are..stop using your race as a crutch.

  • turbo08 Jan 3, 2012

    godnessgracious: So you are saying if I am more qualifed for a job then a black or hispanic then they should still get the job? White people aren't on some sort of "team." Just because other white people are doing ok I'm suppose to pass down a job offer to a lesser qualified individual? The job market is just like a sports team, the better qualified player makes the cut. You think a coach really want's to say " well I feel bad for him, he can take the other guys spot even though he isn't as good." Give me a break. I do not care for affirmative action.

  • froggygirl Jan 3, 2012

    There are a number of depressed areas in this state, where education is substandard and job opportunities are few. Let's put some faces on it. Some of you may be surprised to find that at least some residents of these areas want opportunities, not handouts. That's not to say that the government will save them. It's far more complex than that, as well put by "you are always right."

  • kjkemper Jan 3, 2012

    cantstandya, I like you, you actually make sense! More so than these peoples who want to lumped all poverty stricken poeple into welfare grabber's. They must live a very sheltered social life!!! Not in the real world.

  • godnessgracious2 Jan 3, 2012

    And when they succeed this happens: