Poverty summit to take place in Rocky Mount next weekend

The various partners behind the ongoing Truth and Hope Poverty Tour of North Carolina will be hosting a major event in Rocky Mount next Saturday August 11 that will be a “report, mass meeting and summit.”

This is from the announcement:

“After traveling over 2,000 miles to 27 communities across North Carolina, and conversations with thousands of North Carolinians, the Truth and Hope Poverty Tour is convening a report, mass meeting and summit on what we heard about poverty across our State. Join us to bear witness to the stories of our neighbors’ lives and to continue to build a Movement and promote and create plans for change. Many of the individuals who talked about their economic struggles in today’s economy will attend — others will share their stories in a powerful video produced by [Raleigh-based journalist] Cash Michaels.”

Click here to to learn more about this important event.



  1. Frank Burns

    August 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

    The solution to poverty is jobs not another social program. There is no money left and we are taxed out to the max already. If this poverty tour group comes up with ideas for finding jobs then they are accomplishing something useful.

  2. gregflynn

    August 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    If there is “no money left and we are taxed out to the max already” then why give money to millionaires who don’t need it instead of directly to the poor who do need it? The working poor don’t need jobs as much as they need a society in which they can work, survive and be productive with dignity. We glorify manual labor but won’t dignify it with livable wages, except perhaps in other countries.

  3. Frank Burns

    August 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Who is giving money to millionaires? Read my lips, no new taxes! We are being taxed by the government in a most undignified manner! I suggest we put welfare recipients to work to earn their keep, in a dignified manner of course.

  4. Frank Burns

    August 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    The good news on the jobs front, is Obama is on track to have created one net job. His magic number is 316,000. http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/obamas-magic-number-316000

  5. gregflynn

    August 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Jeffrey Liebman: Republicans Are Blocking Obama’s Jobs Plan

    Nine months ago, the president outlined his American Jobs Act and independent economists said it would create as many as 1.9 million jobs

  6. Frank Burns

    August 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    BS, it’s more of the same giving grant money to state and local governments. We’ve seen how effective that is in job creation. That only puts us deeper in debt. Heck not evern Democracts will approve this “jobs” act.

  7. gregflynn

    August 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    It’s not BS to the teachers and other government employees who lost their jobs. I guess the proposed tax cuts were BS too.

    Here’s another magic number: 332,000. With 172,000 private sector jobs gained in the last month and 9,000 government jobs lost, that’s 332,000 private sector jobs created since Obama took office.

    For any conservative the reductions in government jobs would be treated as an asset, not a liability.

  8. Doug

    August 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I believe it takes 125,000 new jobs per month to cover the additional people coming into the work force. This is why we have 16 million people still looking for work, and the economy is going nowhere despite huge deficits. President Reagan added 20 million new jobs, and the GDP went up 26% during his tenure.

  9. gregflynn

    August 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Reagan added 16.1 million nonfarm jobs. Clinton added 22.7 million nonfarm jobs (Source: BLS). Under Clinton GDP continued on the same trajectory as under Reagan. Reagan increased the number of non-military federal jobs and government debt. Clinton reduced the number of non-military federal jobs and reduced government debt. Be careful picking cherries. Sometimes elephants paint their toenails red and hide in trees.

  10. Frank Burns

    August 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    If giving money to state and local governments (1st stimulus) failed, flopped and raised our debt, what makes anybody thinks it will work this time (2nd stimulus)? Answer: nobody. He can’t get his own party to support this idiotic plan. Obama’s approach failed, so he gets no second chance to fail again. Just like his budget failed in Congress with no votes, none. Obama is doing his best to ruin this country, no more chances for him.

  11. david esmay

    August 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Frank, I see you’re still hyping the canard that taxes need to be cut and we have a spending problem. Same old lame old conservative b.s.. The reason we have deficits is the massive tax cuts Bush enacted and the mandatory spending as dictated by law. You cannot pass entitlement programs like Bush’s Medicare Part D and the Medicare Prescription Drug Program and not allocate funds to pay for them, fight two unfunded wars and then pass another round of tax cuts. The Right’s only solution is to double down on more of the same failed policies. The GOP and Romney will not get a chance to destroy the country, it’s as simple as that, conservatives will get no second chances. Consumption is what drives our economy and more tax cuts for the wealthy, as proposed by Romney, will not create a single job, but what it will do is increase debt and deficits, it would be a perfect storm with disas-
    trous effects.

  12. Frank Burns

    August 6, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Sorry David, nobody blames Bush anymore but Obama and those like yourself who have been brainwashed. It’s time for Obama to man up.

  13. david esmay

    August 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Frank, do you even understand what the terms reduced revenues, mandatory spending, and discretionary spending are? Is your little neo-con bubble so tight that 32 years of failed supply-side economics cannot penetrate it’s light less air tight space?

  14. David Wordslay

    August 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Big deficits, Bush runaway spending, bad policy, Kohn brothers gone wild ,Cheney hawks, neo-con rubble, part D drugs, inflationary, too big to fail outsourcing corporations, Ronald Reagan, 1981, Haliburton, war in Iraq, big PAC’s,Louis Allen, too much for one man to handle, driving me plumb crazy!

  15. Frank Burns

    August 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I’ll be more concise: Democratic controlled congress.

  16. david esmay

    August 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Nice try Frank, Repubs had control of both house 2001-07 under Bush, Dems got control in 110th congress by a slim margin, but the damage was done.

  17. Frank Burns

    August 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Poor record of stimulus spending helping any economy, in any country.


  18. gregflynn

    August 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    This Might Be the Worst Ever Argument Against Government Stimulus

    This observation proves nothing. It is trivially true that when GDP goes down, government spending as a share of GDP will go up. That’s how fractions work.
    Laffer’s War-Is-Peace, Ignorance-Is-Strength, Freedom-Is-Slavery school of economics is what has made the dismal science so dismal over the years. But rather than embrace the troves of new data available to economists, Laffer is content to contort old data to validate old slogans.
    When the facts change, Laffer changes the facts back, so he won’t have to change his mind.

    – Matthew O’Brien, The Atlantic

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