Source: Salisbury Post

The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington took place virtually, including speakers who shared their experience with poverty and its connected issues. Though the event was national in scope and scale, Salisbury natives say the message resonated back home as well, The Salisbury Post reports.

The Poor People’s Campaign is an organization working “to end the injustices of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and ecological devastation, which activists say disproportionately impacts the 140 million Americans considered poor or low-income. Those poor and low-income Americans comprise 43% of the overall population,” according to The Salisbury Post.

Anthony Smith is a Salisbury pastor and member of the Poor People’s Campaign. He says that the event’s discussion made connections with current issues like “systemic racism, poverty, militarism with law enforcement and ecological devastation,” The Salisbury Post reports.

“This is a movement anybody can be a part of, especially those being directly affected,” Smith said.

Several North Carolinians were present on the call, including North Carolina NAACP president Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, Bishop Tonvia Rawls of the Freedom Center for Social Justice in Charlotte, Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove of the School of Conversion in Durham and Rev. Nancy Petty, a pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church based in Raleigh.

Read the full article on the Poor People’s Campaign from The Salisbury Post.