By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch
Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg will be in Goldsboro this Sunday. Buttigieg will join the Rev. William Barber II for a discussion of poverty at Greenleaf Christian Church — the church Barber has pastored for many years.
This is from a press release distributed by the national Poor People’s Campaign that Barber leads:
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. William Street Goldsboro, NC 27530
What: On the 64thth anniversary of Rosa Parks’ historic protest that launched the Montgomery bus boycott, Reverend Dr. William Barber will lead a justice communion liturgy, Rev. Dr. Renita Weems, the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in the Old Testament, will preach.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg will join a conversation on the gripping poverty and low wealth that impacts over 140 million Americans, 66 million whites, 24 million Black Americans and 38 million Latinos. Impacted persons will ask a question similar to the format used at the Moral Poverty Action Congress held this past summer in DC that Mayor Pete couldn’t attend.
Rev Dr. William Barber Senior Pastor/Bishop, is president of Repairers of the Breach, is also co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. This movement, established in over 43 states and DC is conducting a 25 state WE MUST DO MORE registering people for the movement who vote tour to open America’s eyes to the heart-wrenching issue of poverty which affects over 140 million Americans. The tour will culminate in a massive Poor People’s Assembly and March in Washington D.C., June 20, 2020.
The Poor People’s Campaign is galvanizing poor people across racial lines in a message of racial unity as part of a movement that votes. Most recently the work of the campaign – which is nonpartisan but organizes people around a moral policy agenda – helped result in the surprising electoral outcome in Kentucky where poor white coal miners joined African Americans from urban and rural areas to elect a Democratic governor.
The campaign identifies five issues of interlocking injustices: systemic racism and poverty, the militarization of the federal budget, ecological devastation, and the false narrative of white nationalism and religion. The Campaign’s audit of the federal budget found that in reordering priorities, there is enough money in the existing budget to provide six homes for every homeless person in America. The Moral Budget, developed by the campaign is available at www.PoorPeoplesCampaign.org.
Though he is a newcomer to national politics, Buttigieg has been faring well in recent polls – especially in Iowa where the first presidential caucuses will take place February 3.