A coalition of North Carolina-based advocacy groups comes to Greenville today, one of many stops in a campaign to highlight the plight of less fortunate state residents mired in poverty. In shining a spotlight on the lack of employment, reliable public transportation, affordable housing and access to health care, the “Hope and Truth Tour” intends to facilitate action on those fronts.
At a time when the disparity between rich and poor is as great as ever — and accelerating at a rapid pace — there may be no more pertinent and necessary campaign under way in the state. Organizers — including the North Carolina NAACP, N.C. Justice Center and UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, among others — deserve support in their efforts.
William Barber leads the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and, for some, elicits an immediate and visceral reaction to his agenda. Opponents believe that an over-emphasis on race and the division between those of different ethic backgrounds by Barber and his organization actively exacerbates the divide rather than promotes healing. Common feelings are unfairly directed toward the N.C. Justice Center and other similarly minded groups.
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