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Poverty Tour comes to the Triangle tomorrow

For members of the media and other interested parties…

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina kicks off its Triangle-area leg TOMORROW Friday, July 20

WHAT: The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina
WHEN: Friday, July 20
WHO:  The North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central University, and AARP of NC
WHERE: Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

RALEIGH (July 19, 2012) – On Friday, July 20, the North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, UNC Center on Poverty, Work  and Opportunity, Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at  North Carolina Central University, and AARP of NC will kick off the Triangle-area leg of the “Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina,” a  state-wide tour of rural counties and inner city neighborhoods in which North Carolinians have struggled to find work, decent housing, transportation, and sufficient food for their families.

“This next leg of the Tour of Truth and Hope will take activists, academics, media and economists to places of poverty in North Carolina’s most prosperous region,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, NC NAACP President. “This problem of structural and systemic poverty is pervasive — even in communities of great wealth. It has many faces that we must continue to hold up to the light of day if we’re going to have a hopeful vision to do better.”

The group of Tour participants, which will include activists, reporters, foundation leaders, students and scholars, will gather in several locations throughout the Triangle to engage in town hall meetings, sessions with local leaders, and tours of neighborhoods directly affected by poverty. Members of the press are encouraged to attend events and join the Tour to engage in this crucial event.

Watch a trailer for the tour here and see footage from the first leg of the tour.

SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, JULY 20

7:30 a.m. – RALEIGH – Hallelujah Soup Kitchen 1904 S. Wilmington St. Media welcome – a press conference will take place at 8:30.  
9:00 a.m. – RALEIGH – Raleigh Rescue Mission, 304 E. Hargett St. 
11:00 a.m. – DURHAM – City of Joy, Lakewood Shopping Center, 2000 Chapel Hill Rd. Walking/driving tours of the West End neighborhood will follow.
1:00 p.m. DURHAM – County Library Main Branch, 300 N. Roxboro St. Walking/driving tours of Queen and Canal Streets and public housing facilities will follow.
3:15 p.m. – CHAPEL HILL – Faith Tabernacle Church, 8005 Rogers Rd. A walking/driving tour of Rogers Rd. and RENA House at 1704 Purefoy Drive will follow 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Rev. Dr. William J.  Barber, II, President, NC NAACP, 919.394.8137;  Jennifer Marsh, NAACP, 919.682.4700; Tazra Mitchell, NC Justice Center, 919.861.1451 or 336.601-7077 (cell).

 

6 Comments


  1. Doug

    July 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Obama is on the same tour as he works to make everyone poor in this country, and totally dependent on the government for subsistence. So far, it’s working !

  2. david esmay

    July 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

  3. Doug

    July 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Poor old david can never address our current malaise ! He’s back in 1981 now in his time machine !

  4. david esmay

    July 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Poor old Doug and the new hyper-right GOP, rehashing failed economic models from the 1890’s. How fresh, how invigorating, let’s run a greedy, secretive, self-centered, egotistical, trust fund cry baby with an entitlement complex for president, that’ll show everyone how innovative we are.

  5. Alex

    July 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Welcome Doug to the Esmay School of Economics, jumbled sentences , convoluted thoughts, endless trivia, and phrases no one can decipher.

  6. david esmay

    July 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    The only thing that’s convoluted is the hyper-right’s adherence to economic policy that is not supported by evidence. They start with the ideological answer they want, and then work backwards trying to find supportive data, only problem is, it doesn’t exist.

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