#1: “As a network of grassroots advocates across the country, RESULTS is thrilled to be a part of the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s ‘Ending Poverty: America’s Silent Spaces’ Town Halls. By joining together in action and raising our voices as one, we can reshape the policies in our country to ensure all Americans have the chance to move up the economic ladder. At a time when more than 1 in 6 Americans is living below the poverty line, our collective voice is more important than ever. Together we can make change a reality.” — Meredith Dodson, Director of U.S. Poverty Campaigns, RESULTS
#2: “Through years of grassroots advocacy and campaigning on issues of poverty, RESULTS volunteers know firsthand that the collective voices of concerned, active individuals can help reshape the priorities and policies of our government. The consequences of poverty and inequality affect all of us, and the public deserves to know and understand where our next presidential candidates stand on these pivotal issues. Together with the Tavis Smiley Foundation, we call on the Commission on Presidential Debates to sanction a debate on poverty and income inequality, which should be front and center when Americans go to the polls in 2016.” — Meredith Dodson, Director of U.S. Poverty Campaigns, RESULTS
The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is pleased to participate in the ‘Ending Poverty: America’s Silent Spaces’ Town Hall, being sponsored by the Tavis Smiley Foundation. As an education advocacy organization, we know that poverty has a devastating effect on children and their families, and hampers the learning process. Stud-ies show that students learn best when they have access to enough food, have a safe place to live, and have resources needed for proper development. We commend Tavis on the work that he is doing to bring attention to this very serious issue by generating conversations and mobilizing communities, not only in our state but across the nation.
“Woe unto those who make unjust laws that rob the poor of their rights.” ~Isaiah 10: 1
“When I was hungry did you feed me? When I was naked, did you clothe me?” ~Mathew 25: 37
These two scriptures are bookends of the vast moral demand that the plight of the poor be at the center of a nation or state’s policy agenda if that nation or state is to be great. Refusing to fully address the issue of poverty and economic sustainability is a great and terrible moral failure for which we must not only repent with words, but sustained action and movement especially in the South, the native home of poverty and racial discrimination.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
North Carolina NAACP