Poverty summit held over the weekend in Raleigh

August 15, 2012 by  

A summit on poverty was held on Saturday, August 11, at Rocky Mount in Raleigh by a coalition of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at the North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina Justice Center, the University of North Carolina Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and the AARP of North Carolina, to develop strategies for poverty reduction and make it a focus for policy-makers. The coalition no doubt used flyer printing and poster printing to make those in the state aware of the event, so that as many people as possible could get involved in poverty reduction.

The highlight of the event was a 26-minute documentary of the Truth and Hope Poverty Tour that was conducted from January to just a few days ago and visited 27 communities, traveled 2,000 miles, and met thousands of people to chronicle poverty in the state and to see what its impact is throughout the state.

According to the Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, in addition to the video, there will some of the poor who were filmed attending the summit in order to tell their stories of homelessness and poverty. The hope is that these stories will encourage increased activity and participation in such areas as public education, job-creation strategies that are innovative, and investments in infrastructure that can all help to reduce poverty.

Barber added that money will need to be spent in order to help reduce poverty but, as poverty increases, so does the expense to society. It affects not only those living in the rural and urban areas of the state, but is a statewide issue.