HISTORIC NORTH CAROLINA CHURCH HOST WOMENS DAY HONORS ROSA PARKS 64th ANNIVERSARY WITH FOCUS ON POVERTY: REVEREND DR. WILLIAM J. BARBER II, SENIOR PASTOR/BISHOP REVEREND DR. RENITA WEEMS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PETE BUTTIGIEG

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Goldsboro, N.C. — BUTTIGIEG TO BE QUESTIONED ON POVERTY STANCE — Mayor Pete Buttigieg will join a post worship conversation on the gripping poverty that impacts over 140 million Americans: 66 million whites, 24 million Black Americans and 38 million Latinos. He requested to come to worship and Rev Dr. Barber said “sure” all people are welcome but let’s have a conversation on policy and poverty and the Mayor agreed. After worship impacted persons along with Rev Barber will ask questions.

When: Sunday, December 1, 2019, 10:00 AM Morning Worship

Post Worship Conversation 12:30

Where: Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina 2110 N. …


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Photo by Steve Pavey/#HopeInFocus

There is no question that the president of this country is racist. His outbursts on social media illustrate that clearly, as do his policies at the border, attempts to end Medicaid expansion, Medicaid work requirements, travel bans, restriction of SNAP benefits, refusal to embrace living wages and judicial appointees. All of these policy positions have a disparate impact on people of color and poor and low wealth people, thereby hurting America and the promise to establish justice. However, anti-racists in this country have a bigger challenge than Trump, and that is his right-hand man, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. …


ZORA and The Blackness present Moonrakers 2020

They’ve faced down suppression, racism, and sexism to ensure their descendants have equality

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Illustration: Chance Lee


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“Suppose a person claims to have faith but doesn’t act on their faith. My brothers and sisters, can this kind of faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister has no clothes or food. Suppose one of you says to them, ‘Go. I hope everything turns out fine for you. Keep warm. Eat well.’ And suppose you do nothing about what they really need. Then what good have you done?” James 2:14–16

The Trump administration recently released a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would reduce the number of Americans who could access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called food stamps, ultimately removing over 3 million people from the program. Currently, 43 states allow families who receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) to automatically qualify for food-stamp benefits as well. Under the new rule, states could use a person’s savings or assets to disqualify them from receiving benefits. For example, if you had over $2,250 in savings, you’d have to spend your hard earned savings on food before the government would assist, or an elderly person could be denied benefits simply because their house is paid off. …


By Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, Rabbi Rick Jacobs & Minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

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“If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.” …


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This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour over the course of the next five years. What started as a small protest in New York City by a handful of fast food workers has now become a rallying cry for minimum wage workers across the country, and companies have taken notice. We’ve seen major corporations like McDonald’s and Walmart start working toward higher minimum wages, and Amazon has already adopted a $15 minimum wage for its workers. Cities across the country have also implemented minimum wage laws in places like Seattle and San Francisco, and states like California and New York have followed suit. …


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Poor People’s Moral Action Congress testifying on Capitol Hill before the Congressional House Budget Committee, June 19, 2019. Photo by Steve Pavey, Hope in Focus

“Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why?

Because — I was hungry and you gave me no meal, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited or cared.

“Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? …


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Every 10 years our country must count its residents. This count tells us not only how many people we now have in the United States, but also what race they are, their ethnicity, their gender, where they live, and more. This data is then used by every single facet of American life for years to come. It determines where we vote, what schools our children go to, and other matters like funding. …


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Again the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has not been cleansed or rained on in the day of wrath.’ There is a conspiracy of her princes[a] within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her. Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths so that I am profaned among them. Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’ — when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice. …


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Wendsler Nosie Sr. and the Apache Stronghold at the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s March on Washington, June 23, 2018. Photo by Hope In Focus.

“This is a place where gifts were given in this part of the world. To make people understand it, how can anyone destroy a religious place that has significant meaning?” —Wendsler Nosie Sr., former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe

A battle is being waged over sacred land in Oak Flat, Arizona, and no one is talking about it.

Resolution Copper Co. wants to build the nation’s largest copper mine. The issue, however, is that the copper for that mine is located underneath the sacred Apache tribal land of Oak Flat. …

About

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

President of Repairers of the Breach, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, & author of The Third Reconstruction.

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